Leader: we don’t have a problem getting people into THE city
Canterbury council leader Simon Cook says the city offers other perks and he won’t be taking a tour of Winchester.
The Conservative said: “I’ve been to Winchester and know that it’s a lovely place, but it is not as retail heavy as Canterbury – it’s different, therefore different needs are catered for.
“We have good parking initiatives across the district and next year, when we have new in-depth data, we can see which car parks are being used the most at different times.
“Therefore, we are taking the much more sensible option of assessing our current situation and coming up with ideas from that.
“The results might show, for example, that after 3pm in a particular car park on Thursdays it is quiet – so we might then introduce discount parking at that site or offer Canterbury residents cheaper parking.
“It’s absolutely something that’ll be looked at when ANPR (automatic number plate recogntion) begins to be introduced next year.”
Mr Cook says Canterbury is not suffering from a shortfall of visitors. He added: “We don’t have a problem getting people into the city and everywhere has it’s own way of working, whatever works for Winchester, works for Winchester.
“Though that doesn’t mean it will work here.
“And, in response to Mr Britnell’s comments on our Christmas market, I think there are some wonderful things on offer in Whitefriars.”
Canterbury City council leader Simon Cook says that Canterbury’s needs are different to Winchester’s