Council announces start date for the West station multi-storey

How the car park will look when built

Canterbury City Council will start the building of its controversial multi-storey car park in Station Road West at the end of February.

It will follow the completion of sewage works by Southern Water which has seen the road closed and partially closed in November and December.

The 370-space car park will cost £9.1 million and has proved unpopular with critics who complain it will be underused and is unattractive.

Others have pointed to a lack of lifts in the structure.

Council chief executive Colin Carmichael said: “The provision of passenger lifts is not a legal requirement nor a requirement under Building Regulations.

“Indeed lifts can create more problems for users if they are not working or if people need to escape in the event of a fire.

“That is why it is usually better to make adequate provision for those with mobility problems on the ground floor.”

The council added that its officers were looking at how to include the car park in a integrated transport hub for the area.


  1. An unseemly haste to start an expensive white elephant that almost no one wants before the next local elections in May that will see the Tories swept from power. Is does make you wonder what the ulterior motive of these Conservatives really is. Perhaps they could tell us who is making the money on this project?

  2. I still want to know how I will be able to use the car park as I do not qualify for a blue badge and I cannot use stairs. To tell me that I can walk up and down the ramps suggests that the council have no idea as to the dangers this poses to both pedestrians and drivers.

  3. Interesting that Colin Carmichael says the provision of lifts is not a legal requirement nor part of building regulations. He is right in that respect, but has spectaculary missed the point of why lifts are important.

    Are the council expecting mums with pushchairs and people with mobility issues to use the same ramp as vehicles?! Madness

    What will happen once the limited number of mobilty spaces and ground floor are filled early each morning by commuters? Where do these people park then?

    Just because building regulations are met doesn’t mean the structure is fit for purpose. Or in this instance that any modicum of common sense has been applied.

    I fear the only way to delay works until after the local elections will be an organised and sustained protest on the site. And for those in favor, you do realise this will result in the sell off and closure of Rosemary Lane and other car parks, likely resulting in an actual net loss of parking spaces around the city.

    I do despair sometimes.

  4. ‘The council added that its officers were looking at how to include the car park in a integrated transport hub for the area.’ This is the few weeks before start of works and they have had years to think about this. Clearly they are vulnerable on the lack of strategic planning. Add to that the government has lowered subsidies for the electric vehicle which the business plan environemtnl side depends on: use of electric vehicle. With the insufficiency of charging point guaranteed for many years and all new diesel still well over the NO2 limit , he will be responsible for damaging people’s health by the extra fuel vehicles attracted into the City by the MSCP: designed to get the well-heeled park and ride-phobic around Canterbury into London easily . PS The CEO of CCC is the leader of CCC in myview for those who think it is Simon Cook.

  5. Over 2,000 people have signed the petition opposing the building of the multi-storey car park.
    Does this council ever listen to their residents?
    They cannot keep our streets clean or buildings free of graffiti. They haven’t built a single council house for over five years. Yet they want to spend over £9 million on a car park that no-one wants!
    If the Conservatives lose power in the May 2019 elections, the car park will be cancelled.

  6. There are so many flaws in this scheme relating to policy compliance, good practice and use of public money that I wonder how it has escaped the attention of the government agencies that are supposed to monitor these things.

    No doubt this explains the unseemly haste to get it started and to keep the cost estimate below £10 m albeit at the expense of a lift

    To say the least it was an interesting justification for its exclusion which no doubt be taken up elsewhere as existing lifts are taken out of service to follow Canterbury’s lead

    Good luck with enforcement on the ground floor!

    The real tragedy here is the denial of the opportunity to provide an optimal design modern public transport hub

  7. I hope the council will take note of the 2,000 word petition and the reasons for the objections before it is too late. Those who have objected do have deep concerns over pollution an the lack of provision for lifts as well as the actual need in view of existing available space. And to spend over 9 million pounds in face of such public opposition shows little regard for the electorate. As for saying mothers and those with heavy luggage can use the car ramps is a disgraceful response to such concern for public danger.

  8. Spot on Hubert!

    I note that,3 months on ,the promised “illustrative conceptual map” of an integrated transport hub has still not been released for public scrutiny.

    I would like to think that this is because intensive discussions are taking place behind the scenes with Network Rail,Stagecoach ,SPOKES ,amongst others and that something truly imaginative and progressive will emerge.

    That is what I would like to think.

    Surely it wouldn’t be on the back burner until the building work has reached the point of no return?

    Surely not?!


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