Thursday 6 March 2008

South Quay

Very informative meeting, well attended overwhelmingly hostile. Dissatisfaction with PCC thoroughly aired.The exhibition had been roughly thrown together and did the developer no favours.
The basic plan is acceptable BUT the devil is in the detail. No demolition except for the PCC public conveniences with no replacement. Completely unnacceptable was the privatisation of present public open space. The Disney / Eurotat overlarge buildings were an insult to the site, the entire feasibilty of the scheme depends on the commercial return to the developer, critical is the price negotiated by PCC for the site The car parking is nonsense, vehicles except for service must not be accommodated on the site, the conflict between pedestrians and the limited open space within the scheme would be unnacceptable.
A good basis for future negotiations, please send your comments to this site as these will be helpful.
The major problem is parking for residents and visitors. One solution would be to cover part of the Commons with hidden blocks as at Carew and Stack Rock. This would require a licence from PCC, or better a swop of a suitable open area an open space in return for six weeks a year use as temporary parking. PCC owns land in the area which they could dedicate as Crow or under Village Green Legislation, in compensation.

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