Re­fund of­fered in park­ing row

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Sarah Mar­shall smar­shall@thek­m­group.co.uk

ASH­FORD Bor­ough Coun­cil has agreed that sea­son ticket hold­ers, af­fected by the tem­po­rary clo­sure of the Ed­in­burgh Road car park, can have their money back.

On Mon­day the Ken­tish Ex­press web­site re­ported that sea­son pass hold­ers were de­mand­ing a re­fund as the car park closed for re­pairs.

The coun­cil has since agreed. A spokesman said: “If any­one wishes to sur­ren­der their sea­son ticket, ap­pro­pri­ate re­funds will be made.”

The Ed­in­burgh Road car park in Ash­ford is shut for three weeks while es­sen­tial main­te­nance work to the ramp is car­ried out.

The coun­cil had writ­ten to sea­son pass hold­ers ad­vis­ing them that they can park in two other coun­cil­run car parks, Dover Place and Sta­tion Road, but did not of­fer them a re­fund.

Peo­ple work­ing on the op­po­site side of town say it is in­con­ve­nient to use the other two coun­cil car parks.

Viv Blak­ley and col­leagues at es­tate agent Con­nells, based in the High Street, hold three-month sea­son passes cost­ing about £150 each.

They have to go out on view­ings sev­eral times a day and would lose time by walk­ing to the sug­gested car parks, out­side of the ring road.

The car park is closed un­til the ramp re­pairs are com­pleted, which is ex­pected to be around Novem­ber 7.

It will then be par­tially open with the ex­cep­tion of the top deck, which is ex­pected to re­open at the end of next month.

Ed­in­burgh Road car park, which is closed for re­pairs

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