Be­mused over car park lift re­marks

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

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.”

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