Keep green space
A REPORT in your newspaper states that we should expect further proposals from Huntingdonshire District Council to expand the Riverside Car Park as part of a wider proposal to develop the area for leisure purposes. Whatever weasel words the district cou
A REPORT in your newspaper states that we should expect further proposals from Huntingdonshire District Council to expand the Riverside Car Park as part of a wider proposal to develop the area for leisure purposes.
Whatever "weasel words" the district council uses does not alter the fact that it wants to construct a car park on one of the most attractive and well-used greenfield sites the town possesses.
Of course we need more car parking spaces. But, for heaven's sake, let's do this sensibly. Surely there are brown field sites nearby which would be better, such as the former Silent Channel or the old Brookfield School sites. If a greenfield site must be used then why not extend the car park at Mill Common, with far less loss of amenity than would occur at Riverside Park?
The district council's plans have aroused considerable local opposition, including that of the town council, and not just "angry residents of Hartford Road".
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Why do our local planners think that the need for car parking gives them carte blanche to concrete over valuable green spaces, and why do they persist in allowing town centre developments which lack adequate parking provision and only make the problem worse?
CHRISTINE MASON, Hartford Road, Huntingdon
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