Car park puzzle

Having visited the Stevenage town regeneration exhibition this week we were amazed to find out the council s plans for the swimming pool. A new car park has only just been built at a substantial cost. However the plans show that the council are already pr

Having visited the Stevenage town regeneration exhibition this week we were amazed to find out the council's plans for the swimming pool.

A new car park has only just been built at a substantial cost. However the plans show that the council are already proposing to get rid of this and build on it to expand the facilities at the swimming pool. Once again the adjacent parking will be inadequate!

We were informed by someone from the council that anyone using the swimming pool complex will then have to park in the proposed multi-storey car park on the other side of a busy dual carriageway (St Georges Way).

Mothers with three or four young children, elderly people, and other children, will then all have to cross the busy dual carriageway by pedestrian crossing. Whose idea was this, surely a leisure centre should have adjacent parking which is much safer for everyone? Otherwise an accident will be just waiting to happen.

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* Thank you for publishing my views on the Southgate area on page nine of your March 29 issue and also my letter on page 19. (Future of a town centre).

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However I draw attention to the statement by Nick Parry which states that the majority of residents of The Towers were in favour of the development in its proposed form after consultation, which gives a false impression that there were at least a fair number living there who were in favour of demolition.

This is absolutely untrue and can be seen from the SBC pamphlet The Future of the Towers which shows that whereas tenants were 16 in favour and 12 against demolition, there were, in the case of leaseholders, only two in favour and seven against. We have therefore, by a majority of one, a disagreement for demolition.

By no means, therefore, is the reported statement by Mr Parry true that an unspecified 'majority' were in favour of demolition.

ERIC RATCLIFFE, The Towers, Stevenage

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