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Park & Ride proposals

- the story so far


The proposals


Canterbury City Council has submitted a planning application to extend the Wincheap Park & Ride down to the  river, on  the  opposite ban to Hambrook Marshes (see photo, left, outlined in red).


LHM reaction


Love Hambrook Marshes  is the charity  which  owns  and looks after  the  land opposite the proposed car park extension. We strongly  object to the application because of the  intrusion into  the  countryside of the Stour  Valley and its impact on views, landscape and wildlife.




The Park and Ride proposals for Wincheap have already generated voluminous documentation, newspaper articles, letters to the press, etc.  There is no doubt a great deal more to come.


The following links provides a convenient way to keep abreast of developments so far -

use them for easy access to key project documents:



1)   26 January 2019 - announcement of the Canterbury City Council Park and Ride expansion proposals - as reported in Kent Online - includes map and outline of main proposals - click here


2)  Proposals as reported in January 2019 LHM Newsletter - click here


3)  Developments as reported in February 2019 LHM Newsletter - click here - NB for links to the City Council Planning website use 6) below


4)  12 February 2019 - LHM arrange protest meeting on Hambrook Marshes - click here


5)  LHM trustees distribute flyer to hambrook visitors and door to door for those living nearby - shows area to be affected by the proposed extension - click here 


6)  Access to City Council Planning website - shows main planning papers and responses (over 450) made by members of the public commenting on the proposals - apparently all but one are against the scheme - use the following link, enter search reference 18/02551, and then click on documents:


7)  21 February 2019 - Kentish Gazette reports briefing by Rob Davies (spokesman for Canterbury City Council) regarding the need for the scheme to go ahead, and opposing views expressed by Professor Richard Norman (secretary of LHM trustees) - click here


8)  28th February 2019 – article in Gazette about George Metcalfe’s proposal that the multi-storey car park should be relocated at the park and ride - click here


9)  28th February 2019 – letter in Gazette from Eric Golding querying the council’s claim that the default alternative to Wincheap is Faulkners Lane - click here


10)  28th February 2019 – letter in Gazette from Mike Armstrong about the existing public footpath being unsafe if it has to go through the extended park and ride - click here


11)  7th March 2019 – letter in Gazette from Dave Wilson (“Council spokesman talking nonsense”) - click here


12)  21 March 2019 - letter to Kentish Gazette by Gillian Bull (21 March 2019) regarding relevance of the 2009 report by WSP consultants - click here


13)  Letter to Kentish Gazette by Richard Norman (28 March 2019) in support of Gillian Bull's comments - click here


14)  28 February 2019 - letter to Kentish Gazette by LHM trustees  criticising the stance taken by Canterbury Council - click here


15)  28 March 2019 - Network Rail report in Kentish Gazette that the scheme is 'very likely' to cause flooding on the nearby train line - click here



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