Consultation item

Proposed changes to charges and conditions in council car parks

The council is proposing to make a number of changes to its car parks to encourage greater use of car parks that have spare capacity, help tackle the climate emergency and increase income to help pay for vital council services.

The changes being proposed would take effect from April 2021 and are shown below:

Canterbury

  • Increase the previously agreed hourly tariff from £2.10 to £2.80 in Watling Street and Queningate (high demand car parks)
  • Increase the previously agreed hourly tariff from £2.10 to £2.30 in Whitefriars (medium demand car park)
  • Increase the previously agreed hourly tariff from £2.00 to £2.30 in Pound Lane, St Radigunds, North Lane, Northgate, Longport, Castle Row and Millers Field (medium demand car parks)
  • Decrease the previously agreed hourly tariff from £2.10 to £1.80 in Holmans Meadow (low demand car park)
  • Decrease the previously agreed hourly tariff from £2.00 to £1.80 in Castle Street and Station Road West multi storey car parks (low demand car parks)
  • Introduce a maximum 24 hour charge of £20  in high and medium demand car parks (Watling Street, Queningate, Whitefriars, Pound Lane, St Radigunds, North Lane, Northgate, Longport, Castle Row and Millers Field)
  • Introduce a maximum 24 hour charge of £10  in low demand car parks (Holmans Meadow, Castle Street and Station Road West multi storey car parks)
  • Increase the Park and Ride tariff from £3.50 to £4.00 per vehicle

Whitstable

  • Create a high demand seasonal tariff from April to September in Gorrell Tank and Keams Yard, to increase the previously agreed hourly tariff from £2.10 to £2.50
  • Remove the current free parking period from 8.30am to 10am Monday to Sunday in Gorrell Tank, Keams Yard, Middle Wall, Gladstone Road, Shaftesbury Road and Victoria Street, and replace this with free parking 8.30am to 10am Monday to Friday, excluding school summer holidays in the ANPR car parks

Herne Bay

  • Introduce seasonal charges from April to September in Reculver Towers and Reculver Country Park, to increase the previously agreed hourly tariff from £1.40 to £1.80
  • Remove the free parking period from 6pm to 8pm in William Street and replace this with free evening/overnight parking between 6pm and 9am for ANPR account holders
  • Introduce seasonal charges from April to September in Hampton, Reculver Drive, Ocean View and Swalecliffe Avenue, to be set at £1.50 per day Monday to Friday (10am to 4pm) and £3.00 per day at weekends and Bank Holidays (10am to 4pm)

District-wide

  • Amend the overnight charge from a flat £2 fee to become a £2 cap once the hourly rate charge has reached this amount
  • Investigate the most appropriate ways to offer parking discounts linked to a minimum spend in stores and restaurants
  • Investigate the most appropriate ways to offer parking discounts on certain days (or parts of the day) to attract customers to town and city centres
  • Investigate the most appropriate way to be able to inform ANPR account holders (with their prior consent) of retail discounts or offers as they arrive in particular car parks
  • Reduce the free parking period for blue badge holders in public car parks from 3 hours to 2 hours (dedicated blue badge holder car parks will not be affected)
  • Restrict Faith and Community permit applications to existing permit users only

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 Monday 11 January 2021.

The results of the consultation will be reported to councillors early in 2021.