Canterbury’s latest building developments slammed by local residents

The Riverside on Sturry Road will soon face major building work but the plans have faced backlash from the local community.

Users on The Facebook group, Canterbury Residents Group,  were distressed about the possible congestion around the two roundabouts near Kingsmead Road  worsening due to the increased capacity of people the accommodation will house, alongside the extra car parking and activities available at the site.

A cinema, collection of eateries and bars, as well as student and public housing are planned for the area, just opposite Sainsbury’s. Picture from LinkCity

Facebook users commented on the planning news with great concern.

Josh Knowles said: “Two things come immediately to mind. Are the parking spaces linked to the new homes or are they additional? If they are not additional, there’s a big problem looming.

“Secondly, does Canterbury need another nearly 500 student units? There’s an over-supply of student accommodation already.”

A CGI depiction of the developments. Picture by LinkCity.

Another user, Elaine Ann, was worried that it will be more difficult to get around the city.

She said: “I like the idea but can only see the traffic issue getting worse.”

However, not all reactions were negative, with some locals looking forward to the opportunities that the building-work will bring.

Kimmie Sparkes commented on social media saying: “I for one am looking forward to this. I do hope that one of the restaurants is going to be family friendly!

“It feels like all there is for kids in Canterbury is fast food restaurants. Canterbury could most definitely do with a family restaurant or pub like Harvester or a Hungry Horse. Something cheap and cheerful for the kids that caters for fussy eaters and has more of an option than fried food!”

There has not yet been any indication on the building time-scale for the area.

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Brittany Tijou-Smith

Brittany is a third year Multimedia Journalism student, her work has been featured on KentLive and KentOnline. Her filming work also won ‘Documentary of the Year 2018’ at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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