Almost 2,000 people have put their name to a petition against the controversial multi-storey car park next to Canterbry West railway station.
Preparatory work which has forced the closure of Station Road West has already started ahead of its construction.
Critics, however, fear that the 370-space car park will attract vehicles to the St Dunstan’s area – worsening pollution and congestion.
They are also concerned that the plans do not include lifts for use by disabled people or parents with pushchairs.
Westgate ward Lib Dem councillor Mike Dixey argues this undermines an agreement that the city and county councils signed which “will require developments and urban designs to meet the highest practical standards for access and inclusion.
“The aim will be to create an inclusive environment that can be easily used by as many people as possible without separation, special treatment or undue effort.”
Cllr Dixey told the Canterbury Journal: “A multi-storey car park without lifts does not conform to this policy.
“When the ground floor fills up, mums with pushchairs, the elderly, those with luggage and non-blue badge holders with limited mobility will have to use the stairs.
“The council refuses to accept that this will be a problem. In reply the leader of the council said that mums with push chairs could use the same ramps as the cars.
“Would you want your wife or your daughter to wheel a child in a push chair up
or down these ramps?”
The petition against the car park is being organised by the Canterbury Society.
Canterbury City Council says it has not yet received the petition and insists it cannot yet comment on whether it could provoke the proposed car park to be scrapped.
“We have written to the lead petitioner to advise her on what she needs to do in order for it to come to full council on 10 January,” said council spokesman Rob Davies.