Debates that don’t go away: cars, public transport and that multi-storey…


For years the discussions about Canterbury’s air quality, about traffic and about public transport have been central to its political life.

Those who complain about air quality or congestion or the fact that housing developments bring fresh problems or worsen existing ones are not saying anything new.

They are saying things people in the city have been saying for decades.

That said, each generation of residents, those who inhabit the city and act as guardians and administrators, must nevertheless grapple with complex issues interconnected in innumerable and conflicting ways.

And each, of course, must present solutions for a better a tomorrow.

Today, the Canterbury Journal presents two landmark articles on the health of the city and on its direction of travel as we press towards towards the third decade of the 21st century.

First, Cllr Ben-Fitter Harding offers his vision of Canterbury in which he envisages better transport, improved air quality and a stronger economy.

Cllr Fitter-Harding, chairman of the council’s property and regeneration committee, explains how the authority is trying to fix the issues Canterbury faces – and how it intends to anticipate those that it will face in years to come.

And the tech entrepreneur sets out to defend the council’s highly contentious decision to build a multi-storey car park in Station Road West.

On the other hand, Prof Richard Scase – author, public speaker and University of Kent business guru – takes the view that the multi-storey is a step back in time.

In his article, he accuses the council of failing to innovate and of lacking vision. He says it could borrow progressive ideas already being tested and implemented elsewhere.

The issues we face in Canterbury are myriad. The question is who has the answers for them.

What are the real keys to the future?


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