Two councillors are to table a motion urging the city council to delay building proposed multi-storey car park in Station Road West for two years.
At the start of the month, Canterbury City Council granted itself planning permission to build the 374-space structure on the site of its present ground level car park.
But the scheme was greeted with noisy opposition from environmental campaigners who argue it will worsen the already poor air quality in the St Dunstan’s area – and are considering legal action against it.
Their cause has been adopted Westgate ward Labour councillor Simon Warley and group leader Alan Baldock.
They have tabled a motion to go before the full meeting of Canterbury City Council on Thursday.
It comes as the city council begins a public consultation of its Air Quality Action Plan which consists of numerous measures to deal with issues of pollution and congestion in Canterbury.
Calling for a two-year delay in building work, the Cllrs’ motion reads: “The potential for significant harm to the current air quality in St Dunstan’s following its construction is noted.
“As such a delay will allow the council’s consultation on its Air Quality Action Plan 2018 to 2023 to be concluded and its findings and recommendation properly considered in the context of this development.
“The minimum two-year delay will enable the effects of any wider air quality improvement initiatives recommended in the Air Quality Action Plan, for example a commuter park and ride routed via Canterbury West Station, to be implemented.”
Supporters of the car park project say it is necessary to meet additional demand from commuters using the train station and shoppers wanting to use St Dunstan’s Street.
The council meets in the Guildhall at 7pm on Thursday.