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Multi-storey Madness!

February 4, 2018 11:41 AM

An aerial view of the proposed car park from above the stationCanterbury City Council are proceeding with their plans to spend over £9 million building a multi-storey car park in Station Road West. A planning application has been submitted which can be viewed on the council's web site - www.canterbury.gov.uk. The application reference number is 17/02915. Your Lib Dem councillors believe that this car park is completely unnecessary and an appalling waste of council tax payers' money. There is sufficient parking in Station Road West to cover forecast parking demand for the next 15 years.

The 'hidden agenda' appears to be to close down some city centre car parks and divert traffic to the new car park. However, the roads in St Dunstan's are already congested with the level crossing, and the air quality frequently fails to meet national standards. Without doubt, the proposed multi-storey car park will make matters significantly worse. The design is appalling - particularly as it is in a Conservation Area. It is 'shoe box' architecture at its worst. No developer would obtain planning permission for this scheme. Canterbury West Station is a major gateway into the city for tourists and visitors. It deserves better than this.

The public consultation last year received 599 responses, only 8% of which fully supported the plans. Concerns expressed included traffic congestion, air pollution and the design. Yet the council has ignored the views of the vast majority of residents and decided to proceed with these extravagant plans.

If you wish to comment on the planning application, you can email planning@canterbury.gov.uk quoting the application reference number, or do it through the council web site, or you can write a letter to the Planning Department, Canterbury City Council, Military Road, Canterbury, CT1 1YW.