Bishop's Stortford car park campaigner ponders appeal against High Court decision
Anti-car park crusader Clive Risby is pondering an appeal after a High Court judge dismissed his latest attempt to stop East Herts Council building a new multi-storey in Bishop's Stortford.
The Yew Tree Place resident has launched two judicial review bids against EHC's planning approval for its own scheme on the former cattle market at Northgate End, which neighbours his property.
He told the Indie after learning that Deputy Judge of the High Court Rhodri Price Lewis had backed East Herts: "Regrettably the judgment was in favour of the council. I have until early January to decide whether or not to appeal."
While Mr Risby is pondering his position, East Herts is "excited" about progressing the project for 546 parking spaces over six floors, a four-storey building with commercial use on the ground floor and 15 flats above, as well as surface-level bays for 27 vehicles.
The multi-storey is the key to unlocking the council's vision for Old River Lane, a cultural quarter in The Causeway including a £30m arts centre, shops, offices, homes and a public square for events.
The car park should have been nearing completion early this year but Mr Risby's legal challenges left the plans in limbo.
Karen Burton, chairman of the board of Bishop's Stortford BID (Business Improvement District), was positive about the potential of the scheme but sounded a note of caution about ensuring enough parking was provided during the construction phase.
She said: "If listened to, the BID could be an important factor in protecting the established business community whilst encouraging new and diverse business types to complement our existing offer and fill the new buildings.
"At this point, we'll be making it very clear that if the situation is the loss of the Northgate End car park for the duration of the build without alternative spaces being provided, that is totally unacceptable and we will be working with East Herts to ensure those spaces are provided."