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Locals crowd fund bid to stop new car park in Berkhamsted


11:57am 17th February 2017

A group of locals from Berkhamsted have started crowd funding a legal bid to stop a new multi-storey car park being built in the town.

The group want a judicial review of the idea, which was approved by Dacorum Borough Council last December.

The car park is planned to be an 8 half level multi-storey with 327 spaces, built on Lower Kings Road, next to Waitrose.

At the time of writing, almost £9 000 has been raised of the £25 000 in legal fees required for the bid.

A few points from the campaign's funding raise page:

Why we must stop this monster multi-storey car park

  • There is no evidence that there is sufficient demand for a massive multi-storey car park
  • Lower Kings Road is already badly congested and an 8 half-level multi-storey car park will make it worse – the entrance/exit will be on the only north/south direct route across the town
  • A massive multi-storey car park in this conservation area, canal-side location will be an   eye-sore
  • More cars driving down Lower Kings Road will increase pollution and reduce air quality which has levels of NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) already at or above recommended safe levels

Nick O'Reilly is a spokesperson for the campaign. In an interview with Mix 96 he said:

"What we want is for (the council) to carry out a full survey."

"Once that survey's been carried out, it may well be that one of the answers is that there needs to be more parking, but we don't think you should just go straight to spending £3 million to build a multi-storey car park."

"We want (the council) to look at other options that might be out there before they go spending our money on it."

You can find out more about the campaign on their crowd funding page.

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