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The growing concern about building the extended Wincheap Park & Ride on a river meadow is coming to a head.

August 22, 2019 2:14 PM

The growing concern about building the extended Wincheap Park & Ride on a river meadow is coming to a head.

"Canterbury City Council has just declared a climate change emergency" says Wincheap Liberal Democrat Councillor Derek Maslin. "Now it's time the council put its money where its mouth is and abandons the idea of putting cars over what should be a rural park all the way along the river Stour valley."

The need for an enlarged Park & Ride is triggered by the proposed 4th slip road off of the A2 at Wincheap. Coupled with this is the building of 1150 new houses at Thanington (more than doubling the local population and hence the traffic).

Jan Pahl, Chair of the Canterbury Society says "The trouble is that the proposed 4th slip road terminates in a hairpin bend that will be on the existing Park & Ride site which will halve its capacity from 600 to around 300. To make up this shortfall the Council is currently planning to expand the Park & Ride onto Wincheap meadow."

The application to locate the new car park on Wincheap meadows has been opposed by local campaigners.

"Canterbury's own Green Infrastructure Strategy classifies the whole river Stour riverbank as a priority habitat, local wildlife site and a green corridor. The current Park & Ride plans cover the Wincheap meadow in tarmac, which flies in the face of the council's own policy to improve habitats and connectivity alongside and in the river" says Sian Pettman.

The application is also opposed by the Environment Agency, the Kent Wildlife Trust, the CPRE, the parish council, local residents' associations and hundreds of residents who have all lodged objections.

Councillor Maslin is proposing that the objections to the relocation of the Park & Ride should be seen as an opportunity to look again at the proposed route for the new slip road. He says "The plan for the 4th slip road with a crazy and dangerous hairpin bend was considered in isolation by the Planning Committee. We now have a second application for the Park & Ride and we will doubtless have a third one for the associated Wincheap relief road. To consider these three schemes without reference to each other is folly".

The map below shows the existing A2/A28 junction and Park & Ride site.

P&R 1

The map below shows the current proposal.

It highlights the route cars and articulated lorries are expected to take from the new slip road to access the new Thanington development. We believe this will be dangerous, it makes no proper provision for pedestrians or cyclists and is a crazy convoluted route.

P&R 2

"We aren't against an enlarged Park & Ride" adds Councillor Maslin "but there is a better solution - bring the new slip road direct to the existing roundabout in Ten Perch Road. This will need a new bridge over the river Stour, but since Highways England have come up with some more money this should be affordable".

This map shows our better alternative.

This will allow the existing Park & Ride site for 600 cars to be retained and save the destruction of Wincheap meadow. Capacity could be increased (up to 1200 cars) by making the site multi-storey.

P&R 3

Yes, we do need a multi-storey car park, but not in Station Road West.