The car park at the former council offices in Weymouth is to reopen again.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council says all 144 spaces at North Quay car park will be available for use in time for the Easter weekend.

Charges will be applicable between 8am and 6pm.

The site closed last June amid redevelopment plans for the former council offices but as the scheme from North Quay Weymouth Ltd (Acorn South) will no longer be going ahead the car park is being opened up again.

Last month it was announced that Weymouth and Portland Borough Council had reached an out of court deal with Acorn.

The decision ended Acorn’s involvement in North Quay and frees up the council to progress with fresh redevelopment plans for the flagship regeneration site.

Some parking spaces at North Quay were opened last October and now the whole site is being made available again for public use.

The site is a popular parking facility, used by local traders and shoppers.

Cllr Colin Huckle, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council’s spokesman for Transport and Infrastructure, said: “We will be installing a new machine and tariff board. We expect this car park to remain open until we have found a new buyer for the site.”

The council continues to develop opportunities for the site to best enhance the south side of the harbour.

Speaking about the fresh approach to North Quay, Cllr Jeff Cant, leader of Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, said: “Now that the dispute has been settled with North Quay Weymouth Ltd, we intend to continue with our plans for the redevelopment of the iconic North Quay site.

“Our present policy is to ensure that these major regeneration sites add enduring value to the borough. This is for the benefit of our community, and for the generations to come.

“We have some very exciting ideas under way. These involve demolishing the current building and delivering a mixed use site to attract more footfall to that side of the harbour.

“As part of this we are considering a mix of residential, retail and office space, and improvement to the public realm to make the most of the views from this site. As we develop our thinking, we will consult the community. This will include consulting on getting the right balance between delivering a viable development and addressing the ongoing issue of local parking.”