By Scarlet Jones
FEARS for the future of the town’s market have been voiced following the sudden closure of Whitstable’s biggest car park.
Southern Water officials announced on Friday the Gorrell Tank car park will be out of bounds from Monday for several weeks because of health and safety concerns over the underground columns that support it.
Canterbury City Council bosses have held emergency meetings to organise a park and ride scheme over the two May bank holidays to combat the expected traffic chaos as visitors flock to the town.
The car park, which is owned by Southern Water and leased to the council, is also home to a weekly market and traders have been left stranded following the news.
Market manager Andy Cullen said: “I was told on Thursday evening and it annoys me because we’ve been given no notice and haven’t been able to tell our customers, as we found out after the last market.
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