The final decision on the fate of the park and ride extension has had to be set back yet again, this time because the council cannot rule on the proposal until the application for a judicial review has been heard. This is being contested by the council’s lawyers, who also argue that the applicants’ liability for legal costs should be raised from £10,000 to £35,000.
CPRE’s grounds for the judicial review are threefold:
1. Canterbury City Council’s failure to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment.
2. Errors of law concerning the Habitat Regulations Assessment.
3. Failure to give adequate reasons for the Planning Committee decision.
The provisional date for the council’s final decision on the extension planning application is now 20th February, to be confirmed nearer the time.
An eye-catching awareness-raising event was held in the High Street on 7th December, with lively music ably provided by Richard Navarro, Nicholas Thurston, William Rowlandson and friends. Our MP, Rosie Duffield, who has been very supportive of the campaign, put in an appearance. Many leaflets were handed out, and 700 window posters have now been distributed, but there are still 300 in stock, so please get in touch if you would like to put one up or pass some on to friends.