Plans for new multi-storey car park in Station Road West in Canterbury to be discussed

Article Posted on: July 1, 2016

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Plans to build a new multi-storey car park to solve commuters’ parking woes in Canterbury will be discussed tonight (June 30).

A recommendation has been put forward for £5million to be made available in the city council’s capital budget for the construction of the car park at Station Road West.

Detailed design work will be undertaken and a planning application submitted in ‘due course’ should plans move forward.

It follows a public consultation on parking and transport issues in Canterbury, which revealed the increasing demand for parking by the station.

A report due to be discussed by the regeneration and property committee said the existing Station Road West car park, which has 129 spaces, regularly reaches capacity.

“This additional demand is a result of increased rail usage at Canterbury West Station and the popularity of the St Dunstan’s area as a retail and leisure destination,” the report said.

“The policy and resources committee agreed at its meeting on February 24 to increase capacity by a minimum of 140 spaces (a single deck) and a sum of £3,211,000 was allocated in the capital budget for this purpose.

“Further work has now taken place using contractor Willmott Dixon to consider the practicality of expanding a single deck structure in the future, as well as the cost of constructing a two-deck structure which would provide approximately 400 spaces.

“The Willmott Dixon feasibility report states that because of site constraints, expanding a single deck structure in the future by adding a second deck would require the closure of Station Road West road for a considerable period of time – this could be up to six months.

“Closing this road would cause significant access difficulties and, as such, if it is decided to construct a single deck structure, it should be on the understanding that future expansion may not be feasible.

“In view of this, Willmott Dixon has now produced a detailed cost plan for the construction of a two-deck multi-storey car park and the cost is estimated at £4,850,000.

“The next stage to be undertaken would be the detailed design of the multi-storey structure prior to the submission of a planning application.”

The overall cost – including a temporary car park during construction – is estimated at £5million.

The report added that demand for parking from those using Southeastern services and visitors to Canterbury will increase meaning a single deck car park would reach capacity in 14 years.

Tonight’s recommendations will be reported to the policy and resources committee on July 13 and full council on July 21.

Source: http://www.canterburytimes.co.uk/plans-for-new-multi-storey-car-park-in-station-road-west-in-canterbury-to-be-discussed/story-29462166-detail/story.html

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