Monday, 3 January 2011

TOO MUCH CAR PARKING, NOT ENOUGH HOMES

Kent Greens have condemned Greg Clark MP's announcement that he is to scrap central government restrictions on the number of parking spaces for new developments. Stuart Jeffery, campaigns officer for Kent Green Party:

“Kent Green Party has often pointed out that increasing parking spaces for new developments will increase congestion and reduce the affordability of new houses. We have called for real investment in public transport, cycling and walking rather than more parking. While we welcome the devolvement of powers generally, this mustn't be done in a way that is detrimental to the wider society. Greg Clark talked about the frustrations of home owners having to drive around trying to find somewhere to park after a long day at work and while I often share that frustration as I don't have any parking at home, increasing the supply of parking is the wrong thing to do.

"More parking will lead to more traffic congestion. Pump prices are at an all time high and set to go higher with the VAT increase. The supply of oil cannot increase globally as we reached peak supply in 2006(1). The cost of personal transport using oil will continue rising and continue to pollute.

"There is a further problem with increasing the number of spaces per house as it encourages councils to build bigger houses. Higher density housing with less parking means more homes for those who need them(2). Ends 241 words

FURTHER INFORMATION: Stuart Jeffery, Campaigns Officer, KENT GREEN PARTY
07970 436029 or 01622 808370. Contact address as above. http://www.stuartjeffery.net Published by Kent Green Party and promoted by H.Dawe, both at 27, Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF.

Notes:

1. According to the 2010 report of the International Energy Agency. An appreciable proportion of recent inflation is attributable to oil prices rising as some countries come out of recession and use more oil as they do so. Oil prices hit $147 a barrel prior to the recession, and is over $80 a barrel again now and tending to rise.

2. About 36,000 households in Kent are on council house waiting lists, whilst 22,000 empty homes and about 6000 buildings in industrial estates lie empty. Nationally, there are 1.8 million households on council waiting lists or an estimated 4 million people.

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