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Car park sell-off is a stupid idea

I would have thought the last thing Canterbury wants is a reduced number of car parking spaces (Trader Urges County To Halt City Parking Sell-Off, Gazette, December 11). No extra parking spaces were made available when the Marlowe Theatre increased its seating capacity by 200, a situation now made worse by the new Curzon cinema nearby. Having recently decided to downsize and move into Canterbury, we’d hoped to find a smaller house near the city centre.

We looked at several promising houses, but they all had the same problem – no parking! Even paying for resident parking on the street was not an option as there is a waiting list of over a year. So parking is a problem, not only for visitors, but also for residents for whom park and ride is not an option. This could also explain why so many houses in the city are rented to students. True the open air car parks in the city are a bit of an eyesore, but the solution is to build over them while maintaining or hopefully increasing the number of parking spaces. Now we can walk into the city centre we have noticed that a lot of the traffic congestion is caused by people trying to find parking places and of course the inability of our 50-yearold ring road to meet modem-day standards. Dual carriage ways with roundabouts having been removed long ago from modem traffic flow systems.

Mike Armstrong, Queens Avenue, Canterbury

Herne Bay Gazette, December 18th 2014

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