Leader: we don’t have a problem getting peo­ple into THE city

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

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

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