Refund offered in parking row
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