Bemused over car park lift remarks
Your readers must have been as surprised as I was to read the comments of the council’s chief executive, Colin Carmichael, in last week’s Kentish Gazette [‘Car park construction date set’, Gazette, December 27].
He attempted to justify the lack of a lift in the proposed multi-storey car park in Station Road West by claiming that lifts “can create more problems if users need to escape in the event of a fire”.
This beggars belief. The council has refused to install sprinkler systems in the car park as these are judged unnecessary – yet they justify the lack of a lift on the grounds of a fire risk. Am I missing something? Should all council buildings, including the council offices in Military Road, have their lifts removed on safety grounds? Cllr Michael Dixey (Lib Dem) Linden Grove, Canterbury
n With the impending start on this development I am still at a loss to understand the city council’s logic. Park and Ride facilities on the outskirts of the city were introduced to reduce inner city parking and pollution. Therefore, the introduction of increased inner city parking will have the opposite result, especially as the routes into the proposed car park are already congested due to the number of light-controlled pedestrian crossings on the approach roads, and also the level crossing. Traffic congestion and delays at peak times within the city seem to increase year on year, and this project, on completion, will only increase the problem. A Park and Ride facility from all three car parks to Canterbury West remains a viable, minimal pollution (and much cheaper) option. David Spencer Dering Close, Bridge
n Despite the criticism, I’m in favour of the new multi-storey car park.
Whoever said we don’t need the parking spaces must be permanently pedalling in the opposite direction. During the festive season I parked in Pound Lane car park and was followed by desperate awaiting drivers wanting my parking space. This proves to me the need for more parking spaces, especially at the bottom end of the city. Shoppers from Herne Bay and Whitsable will be able to park with more ease, rather than clogging up the ring roads searching for car park spaces.
If we do not match the demand, shoppers will eventually chose between Westwood Cross and Bluewater, increasing the pressure on our fragile high street. Susan Kilczewski Cockering Road, Canterbury
This sunny shot of Tankerton beach was snapped on Christmas Day by Viv Clayton during a stroll with her dog and family. She said: “I love Tankerton, where I rarely fail to get a good picture.”