Petition against car park sale gathers pace

Garstang residents protest against the potential development of the Community centre and its car park.''Action Garstang
Garstang residents protest against the potential development of the Community centre and its car park.''Action Garstang

A petition against the potential sale of the Riverside car park and the Community Centre in Garstang has nearly reached its target of 1,500 signatures.

A petition against the potential sale of the Riverside car park and the Community Centre in Garstang has nearly reached its target of 1,500 signatures.

Organised by group Action Garstang, which is against the development, the petition has been signed by 1,227 people.

The petition has only been online for just over a week and follows a peaceful protest at the car park on October 24.

Hundreds gathered in red to show to show their upset at the potential development by Blackpool-based developer Keyworker Homes.

Mary Randles, spokeswoman for Action Garstang said: “We, the undersigned, believe the sale of the Riverside car park and the Rural District Community Centre should be suspended to allow a comprehensive public consultation to consider options for their future.

“There has been a proposed development of this area put forward by Keyworker Homes that will change the face of this picturesque part of Garstang forever. They have proposed to put a modern glass and metal retail outlet on the site of the Community Centre with no agreed alternative for the Community.

“On the car park at the bottom blocking the view of the river, they plan to build a block of 34 flats that will be housed in a 5 storey building, with the bottom storey housing a residents’ car park of only 14 spaces. This, in addition to a large reduction in the number of public parking spaces in this rural Market Town.

“The younger generations will miss out on their Youth Centre currently in the Community Centre. The experience of using the riverside area for picnics and feeding the ducks will be utterly changed. People for generations have been able to make use of the riverside area taking their children and grandchildren, making the most of the fresh air.”

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