Save Alexandra Gardens
As residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, we object to the building of a multi-storey car park adjacent to Alexandra Gardens, Windsor. Six years ago, the Council wanted to build a multi-storey car park next to Alexandra Gardens. After the local elections in 2003, these plans were stopped. This history is explained at Link (2). Now, in 2008, the Council is going to consult on this issue again. See Link (3). Alexandra Gardens is now a magical place at any time of year. As you walk from the Leisure Centre under the Victorian railway arches towards town, you are met with views across to the Ice Rink at Christmas, to the Windsor Wheel in the summer, to Bungee Trampolines, local families picknicking, foreign students playing football, and ancient trees which show the real changes of the seasons. On very hot days, the air becomes fresher as cool air breezes in from the River Thames. Consider the alternative. Instead of greenery, you will be confronted with a huge monolithic concrete structure ruining these great views. Your other senses will be assaulted as you inhale old diesel fumes, stagnating within the structure. And at night, we may even see gangs of hooligans congregating, making the area a no-go zone. What is the alternative It is clear from the press release, at Link (2), that the \"Windsor Parking Strategy\" is incomplete, because it based on two independent phases. That is not a strategy. The problem of Windsor car parking needs to be addressed in a single phase. That is hard to do, but it would mean that we don\'t end up getting the Alexandra Gardens multi-storey car park by stealth. This is an ill-considered plan and it must not be allowed to go ahead.