Increased parking charges pay for £600k city centre roads upgrade

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Work will take place at The Friars (pictured) plus Best Lane and Orange Street

The £600,000 upgrade of a trio of city centre streets starts next week.

Canterbury City Council is installing Yorkstone paving and a new road surface to Best Lane, Orange Street and The Friars where the Marlowe Theatre sits.

Part of the authority’s “transformation package” for Canterbury’s “cultural area”, the money was raised by charging motorists more for parking.

The work will leave the area resembling the King’s Mile at Palace Street and Northgate.

Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding, chairman of the council’s regeneration committee, said: “We’re excited to be getting underway with this important scheme for the city centre, which has had a lot of public support.

Cllr Ben Fitter-Harding “we’er excited”

“Our overall transformation package was well received and we continue to work our way through the various projects.”

The work starts on Monday, May 14.

Consultation carried out for this element of the package in autumn last year showed 65% of people in favour of it while 77% supported the use of the materials proposed.

The work will be carried out in phases, starting with Best Lane in May and June. Orange Street will follow in June and July.

It will end with The Friars and the junction between all three roads in August and into early autumn.

In addition, the project includes the extension of the city centre pedestrianised zone from St Peter’s Street along The Friars.

Following public consultation, the proposed extent of this has been reduced a little and will now stretch as far as the bridge.

It is hoped the all the work will be complete by November and pedestrian access will be available throughout the period while mechanical work will only be allowed between 8am and 6pm.

Cllr Fitter-Harding added that the work is part of a wider programme of improvements across the city.

He said: The Station Road West multi-storey has been granted planning permission, the ANPR system for parking is nearing the end of procurement process, we’ll be doing the Castle Street transformation in 2019 and later this year will submit the planning application to expand Wincheap park and ride.

“It’s an ambitious programme but we’re committed to making these improvements for the benefit of everyone who lives and works here and Canterbury’s many visitors.”

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