Consultation item

Proposed changes to charges and conditions in council car parks

This consultation has now closed

The results will be reported to councillors in the coming weeks. 


The council is proposing to make a number of changes to its car parks to help tackle the climate emergency and increase income to help pay for vital council services.

The changes being proposed would take effect from April 2020 and are shown below:

  • Closure of Northgate Car Park to allow for the expansion of Northgate Medical Centre
  • Increase the minimum payment in the main car parks in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay* to the equivalent one hour tariff rate
  • Introduce a 20% discount on the hourly rate tariff and the cost of residents off-street permits, for EV and plug-in hybrid vehicles at all main car parks*
  • Introduce a 20% tariff premium for arrivals between 7.30am and 9.00am Monday to Friday for the duration of their stay in ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) car parks in Canterbury
  • Introduce a discount for regular Park and Ride users*
  • Remove the free parking period between 8.30am-10.00am in Whitstable car parks
  • Remove the free parking period between 6.00pm-9.00pm in William Street car park
  • Introduce a seasonal tariff rate at Neptune car park (Apr-Sept) that is 40p per hour more than the off season rate
  • Increase business user permits by 10% in 2020/21 and 2021/22
  • Increase all other permits by 2% in 2020/21 and 2021/22
  • Delete the Faith and Community permit
  • Either increase the cost of Hotel and Guest House permits* or delete the permit
  • Implement a £2.00 flat rate overnight charge in the main car parks in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay * 
  • Increase the hourly rate tariff in Whitefriars by 10p in 2020/21, 10p in 2021/22 and 10p in 2022/23. No increase in 2023/24
  • Increase the hourly rate tariff in Central Premium car parks* by 20p in 2020/21, 10p in 2021/22 and 10p in 2022/23. No increase in 2023/24
  • Increase the hourly rate tariff in Central car parks by 20p in 2020/21, 10p in 2021/22 and 10p in 2022/23. No increase in 2023/24
  • Change Wincheap car parks to linear charging with an hourly rate of £1.00 in 2020/21, £1.10 in 2021/22 and £1.20 in 2022/23. No increase in 2023/24
  • Increase the hourly rate tariff in Whitstable car parks by 20p in 2020/21, 10p in 2021/22 and 10p in 2022/23. No increase in 2023/24
  • Increase the hourly rate tariff in Herne Bay car parks by 20p in 2020/21, 10p in 2021/22 and 10p in 2022/23. No increase in 2023/24
  • Increase charges in School Lane car park in the period 2020/21-2023/24 as follows: up to 30 mins 50p, 30mins to 2 hours £1.00, 2-24 hours £2.00
  • Create a long-stay tariff rate on the upper deck of Station Road West multi-storey car park - hourly rate to be capped at 5 hours per day
  • Introduce part day charge for coaches at Reculver Country Park of £5 for up to 5 hours
  • Charge vehicles entering New Dover Road Park and Ride entering the facility after 4pm on published event days at the cricket ground the fee of £8.00
  • Introduce pay and display tariff of £1.00 per day (Monday to Friday) and £2.00 per day (Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays) at Hampton, Swalecliffe Avenue, Ocean Drive, Reculver Drive car parks
  • Remove the parking discount offered to leisure centre users at William Street car park

* refer to the published notice for full details

Deposit documents 

The legal deposit documents can be viewed here.

Have your say

Give us your views on the proposals by completing our questionnaire by 5pm on Friday 10 January 2020.

The results of the consultation will be reported to councillors early in 2020.