Public to have say on parking

COUNCILLORS look set to agree a simple straw poll in a bid to settle the controversy over the plan for parking on cathedral land. People will be asked their views over the proposal to extend Ely s Broad Street car park which has drawn support from traders

COUNCILLORS look set to agree a simple straw poll in a bid to settle the controversy over the plan for parking on cathedral land.

People will be asked their views over the proposal to extend Ely's Broad Street car park which has drawn support from traders but fierce objections from residents.

An Ely Standard poll found 93 per cent of votes against the plan. The paper has also been inundated with letters from readers against the proposal (see Page 6).

Now East Cambridgeshire District Council's environment and transport committee will meet on Tuesday to decide how the public consultation should be organised.

Officers have suggested people could be asked their views using a market stall approach, a mailshot, briefing sessions, questionnaire, leaflet drop or public exhibition.

Councillors were told in a report: "A simple straw poll approach, championed by members, would appear to be the best option."

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The results of the consultation will be considered by the committee and then the full council in October.