Free parking and Christmas working arrangements at Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Contributed by editor on Dec 08, 2018 - 08:45 AM


The Christmas working arrangements for Folkestone and Hythe District Council services and free parking for shoppers are listed below.

Changes to recycling and waste collections

If your collection is normally on Tuesday or Wednesday, this will change. Please see below:

Normal collection day     Revised collection day

Monday 24 December       No change
Tuesday 25 December      Saturday 22 December
Wednesday 26 December Saturday 29 December
Thursday 27 December     No change
Friday 28 December         No change

Rubbish bags / bin bags

Collections return to normal from Monday 31 December.

Bad weather may change or delay collections, please check  for updates.

You can get automatic reminders for your recycling and waste collection dates over Christmas and throughout the year by signing up to email alerts.

Garden Waste

Garden Waste collections take their usual two week break at Christmas - the last collection is on Friday 21 December and collections start again on Monday 7 January.

If you want to sign up for fortnightly garden waste collections go to

To recycle your real Christmas tree for free go to  

Opening hours

Civic Centre Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone:

Monday 24 December - closed
Tuesday 25 December - closed
Wednesday 26 December - closed
Thursday 27 December - 8.30am - 5pm
Friday 28 December - 8.30am - 5pm
Monday 31 December - closed
Tuesday 1 January - closed
Wednesday 2 January - 9.30am - 5pm
Thursday 3 January - 8.30am - 5pm
Friday 4 January - 8.30am - 5pm

The Wednesday morning drop-in service at New Romney Town Council, High Street, New Romney will be closed on Wednesday 26 December and it will re-open on Wednesday 2 January (9am to 12pm).

Hythe Swimming Pool

For opening hours at Hythe Swimming Pool, please visit

In an emergency

If you need to contact Folkestone and Hythe District Council in an emergency while the offices are closed please call 01303 221888

Free Christmas Parking

We want to encourage shoppers into our great town centres and support our local traders. That's why we waive charges in council car parks and on-street parking bays on the three Saturdays before Christmas.

You can park for free in council 'Pay and Display' car parks and on street parking bays on:

Saturday 8 December
Saturday 15 December
Saturday 22 December

If you live in the district, you can apply for a permit to park in all our car parks at any time of the year for just £60. Go to:

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