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Thousands spent on temporary site

A city council spent £110,000 resurfacing a car park only to see it closed two years later, it has emerged.

A freedom of information request revealed Stoke-on-Trent council began operating the Roebuck Street site after the resurfacing in June 2007.

In March 2009, the temporary site was handed over to sixth form college developers. The income received from parking fees was £68,000.

A regeneration spokesman said handing it over had been the only option.

Hardial Boghul from Renew North Staffordshire, which is overseeing the new building project, said: "The options were to leave it fallow and to blight the area and to become an eyesore in one of the major gateways to the city where visitors coming from the railway station would pass."

"It provided a useful activity which was the car parking."

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