Free evening park­ing – but plan could see other fees rise by 10%

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Evening park­ing charges in Ash­ford town cen­tre could be scrapped in a bid to boost the night time econ­omy.

Coun­cil chiefs have sug­gested plans to cut park­ing charges be­tween 6pm and 10pm on the High Street, Bank Street and North Street, ef­fec­tively mak­ing those ar­eas free park­ing from 6pm.

The plans form part of a re­view to the bor­ough’s park­ing charges, which will be dis­cussed at a Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) cabi­net meet­ing next Thurs­day.

The park­ing over­haul could also see an in­crease in some park­ing charges, with on-street and of-street car park­ing set to go up by 10% dur­ing the day.

This would mean the cur­rent £1 an hour would in­crease to £1.10, £2 up to £2.20, etc.

Cabi­net mem­bers will also be asked to in­tro­duce a brand new £1 charge to park overnight in coun­cil car parks from Mon­day to Satur­day.

ABC also plans to in­tro­duce new park­ing ter­mi­nals that of­fer con­tact­less pay­ment, which will cost £12,000 and is set to be in place by April 2017.

The Ken­tish Ex­press re­vealed the plans on­line last week and they re­ceived a mixed re­ac­tion.

Most res­i­dents hope scrap­ping town cen­tre charges will give the in­tended boost to night-time econ­omy, but some say it could be too lit­tle too late.

Colin Ri­ley said: “Shame this idea is like five years too late. Let’s hope it will help”

Michelle Lloyd added: “Wow the coun­cil fi­nally get i t. Al­though I don’t think it nec­es­sar­ily needs to be free in the town cen­tre. I think the hos­pi­tal is more fit­ting for free park­ing.”

Some peo­ple were crit­i­cal of the en­tire scheme.

Ash­ford mum Beccy Cack­ett

What do you think of the park­ing changes? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­group.co.uk said: “So to make up for the lost in­come from town cen­tre park­ers they’re slap­ping the ex­tra on those, like me, with young kids who can’t nec­es­sar­ily go out of an evening and have to go out in the day.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2703565

It could soon be free to park in the town cen­tre af­ter 6pm as the coun­cil con­sid­ers tak­ing ac­tion to boost the night-time econ­omy

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