More than £1.4m could be spent to improve a car park which otherwise would only be fit to use for about 10 more years.
Wellingborough Council, which owns the Swansgate car park, has already improved lighting and last week work was carried out to repair pot holes.
It is now considering using £1.468m of capital funds – money reserved for large projects which benefit the community and can’t be used for day to day running of services – to repair structural issues.
A council spokesman said: “Investigations showed the car park would only have a lifespan of five years unless repair works were carried out. In about five years we would start losing space and would probably take about another 10 years until it couldn’t be used at all. To completely refurbish the car park £1.468m would be needed. This would keep it serviceable for another 50 years.”
Councillors were recently asked to approve a capital programme for the next two years, which includes the car park work, but they asked for more information before deciding which projects would take priority. A decision is expected early next year.
Council leader Paul Bell said: “The multi-storey is an essential part of the council’s policy to keep free car parking. I believe we need to keep the car park in a good condition so that it can continue to be used for the benefit of the town for many years to come.”