By Councillor Chris Cornell / Transport / / 0 Comments

Canterbury City Council discuss changes to parking bays and yellow lines in their Annual On Street Parking Review. Anyone can recommend a change to on street parking online and historically these ideas were discussed once a year in a meeting open to the public (the Whitstable Forum). Local councillors then, having heard from all the affected parties, made recommendations to the Joint Transport Board which decides on these matters. The attendance at these public meetings was always good.

When the current administration decided to cancel the Whitstable Forum last year, local councillors were asked to submit their own  opinions on the recommendations. We have listened hard to representations from across the ward and are choosing to make our recommendations public to improve transparency. You deserve to know what we think and why we have come to the conclusions we have.

You will find detail of all the proposals listed here.

Our recommendations are:





Proposed disabled bay – 1a Harbour Street


Disabled parking is limited in the high street. There is no dedicated disabled bay at this end of Harbour Street.


Proposed disabled bay – 29-30 Harbour Street, Whitstable


The 1 hours free parking in this location is essential to independent local businesses. Loading on this street is already problematic and the current parking bay prevents unnecessary blocking of the bus stop opposite. Disabled parking is available in Albert Street car parking opposite.


Proposed disabled bay – 51-59  High Street


The need for additional disabled bays raised in 2019 has recently been mitigated by the reopening of 4 bays in Gladstone Road. Local shopkeepers have highlighted reducing the length of this bay would prevent loading to their businesses, particularly when the loading bay outside Iceland is often entirely filled by large wheel based vehicles for some length of time.


Proposed conversion of loading bay to disabled bay – 79-83 High Street


As with 6840


Conversion of lading bay to taxi rank, Oxford Street


Removing the loading bay from this location would cause significant congestion when setting up for the regular weekend markets at the Umbrella Centre and the pop up space at the Whitstable Museum. Whilst we understand why licensed premises in Oxford Street want improved taxi provision, and think this location is preferable to people using the bus stop outside St Alphege School, we not think there will be much call for it during the day. We would recommend it remain a loading bay but become a taxi rank after 6pm.


Proposed disabled parking bay, Nelson Road


There is little disabled parking infrastructure near Oxford Street. The removal of existing no waiting outside 1a provides additional residential parking lost in the installation of the electric charging bay further down the street.


Removal of yellow lines, Norfolk Street, Suffolk Street and Glebe Way


The residential density in this area is particularly high and a massive problem. Reducing the yellow lines in this area creates an additional give parking space without limiting acces to the streets essential for refuse collection.


Proposed Double Yellow Lines, Albert Street, Whitstable


Residential parking in this area is particularly difficult with many residents refusing to move their cars in the summer season. Whilst we appreciate the need for improved refuse access to Warwick Road, we believe the vans can load from Victoria Road or via Regents Street it necessary. We would recommend yellow lines are added in front of the Nursery only, improving access at the corner of Stream Walk and Albert Street and allowing for the nursery to best utilise its off road spaces. We would not support the remaining yellow lines.


Proposed Double Yellow Lines, Acton Road and Albert Street


New restrictions will make it safer for people exiting Stream Walk and improve access for refuse vehicles.


Proposed repositioning of a disabled bay, Belton Close


Parking in Belton Close is difficult but relocation of the disabled bay to be nearer the house of those people using it is advantageous


Proposed double yellow lines, Old Bridge Road


Whilst we thoroughly support the ambitions of the scheme to improve cycling in our town, there is no confirmation that removing this stretch of parking would see a cycle lane immediately installed or where this would go to. We would support this application when funding has been allocated and permission granted for final stretch of the Crab and Winkle from Teynham Road.


Proposed Double Yellow Lines, Belmont Road


Whilst there is limited sight lines for vehicles exiting Old Millfield Works, removing any waiting along this stretch of Belmont Road would likely just create more difficulty for local residents. The restrictions would affect residents using the Cricket Club and Football Club and encourage people to park off road in Windsor House where we have already had complaints.


Proposed Double Yellow Lines, Glebe Way


Whilst we understand that new lines here would benefit residents of Foreland Cottages, they have good off-road parking. Installing new lines here would substantially reduce capacity in an area where it is needed most.

By Councillor Chris Cornell / Justice / / 0 Comments

Local residents and councillors welcomed today’s news that Whitstable is to receive a new town constable following a six month campaign organised by Whitstable Labour Party. The campaign started in March 2019 with Councillor Chris Cornell writing to the Chief Inspector in Kent requesting the allocation of additional officers promised in the the uplift of council tax. In April an online petition was launched which now has in excess of 1400 signatures after being taken door to door during the May council election campaign.

In early September 2019 the three councillors met with Divisional Commander Nigel Brookes and Rosie Duffield MP to present the petition and again press the case for for extra officers (pictured above).

Today Kent Police have announced 56 additional town constables for Kent including 4 for Canterbury, 1 for Herne Bay and 1 for Whitstable.

Responding to the news, Councillor Val Kenny said “whilst a new town constable is welcome, they are only one person . We look forward to having a uniformed presence with whom local residents and ourselves can speak to directly and someone who can further co-ordinate and build on the work of our excellent PCSO’s, however we will continue to push for more police resources wherever we can”.

Whilst it is not clear when the new officers will start, PC Brookes did give assurances in September that recruitment had started. Labour councillors will be seeking clarification on their deployment this week.

Reflecting back on the campaign, Councillor Chris Cornell said “it is fantastic news that Kent Police have listened to the concerns of local residents and the rising tide of crime in our area. A true example that people powered campaigns work.

Since we were elected we have been inundated with people concerned about this issue. Since 2010 we’ve seen over £51m cut from government police funding for Kent – these two things are obviously linked.

Next week we we have planned walk-arounds with Kent Police in response to specific cases on Westmeads Rec, Cornwallis Circle and by West Beach Tennis Courts, we hope to be able to press them for further information then”.

By George Caffery / Transport / / 0 Comments

Can you park outside your house? For many people living in the centre of town this is a dream; but why can’t we make it a reality?

The last month has shown us that a one way system across Whitstable might just work, but also that any change to traffic needs to consider the impact it has on local businesses, road safety and be done in conjunction with a rethink of how people who depend on public transport get into town.

Last weekend, Labour MP Rosie Duffield, was out with local candidates in the centre of Whitstable, hearing how the almost 300% rise in off street parking permits over the last five years is hitting people hard. She described the  “the council is ‘cashing in’ on growing waiting lists for these places rather than considering new ways to stop the high street and local streets being gridlocked”. We all understand that tourism brings money into our town but this council isn’t squaring up to the traffic it brings.

Labour is committed to a new Park and Ride for the Whitstable but more importantly also believes we need an independent strategic plan to be commissioned to explore the problem of parking. A plan in which the council can work alongside concerned residents associations, businesses and local residents to identify the options and then consult widely across the town as to which has the greatest support. A consultation which involves face to face stakeholder events, local surveys and town hall style meetings to engage with all the local community rather than just those groups who are most organised.

All options should be on the table, like in Bristol’s recent’s consultation on Citizen Space.

George Caffrey, Labour candidate for Gorrell, notes that “previous attempts to impose solutions haven’t worked, nothing should be off the table. We need radical ideas we can all get behind”. If you agree, vote Labour on May 2