Climate Emergency prompts Canterbury City Council proposals for major parking shake-up

Contributed by editor on Nov 08, 2019 - 10:25 AM

No increase to Park and Ride


Canterbury City Council is proposing a raft of changes to parking charges across the district, and to its overall parking strategy, to help tackle the climate emergency and increase income to pay for vital council services.


The proposals have been published this week in a report to the Policy and Resources Committee on Wednesday 13 November, where councillors will discuss whether to put them out to public consultation. They include:

» Charging a 20 per cent tariff premium for vehicles arriving between 7.30am and 9am on weekdays, for the full length of their stay, at ANPR car parks in Canterbury. This would mean that in a car park with a £2 an hour charge, these motorists would pay £2.40 an hour for the entire duration they were parked

» Introducing a 20 per cent discount for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles at ANPR car parks across the district. This would mean that in a car park with a £2 an hour charge, these motorists would pay £1.60 an hour

»Introducing a 20 per cent discount for frequent park and ride users. This would mean after using the service on four occasions, the fifth stay would be free (within each calendar month)

» Implementing a flat rate overnight charge of £2 in the main city and town centre car parks

» Removing free parking before 10am in Whitstable

» Removing free parking after 6pm in William Street car park in Herne Bay

» Increasing the minimum payment in all car parks to the equivalent one hour tariff rate, rather than the 70 pence minimum currently in place

» Changes are proposed to a variety of permits, including business permits and hotel/guest house permits. In addition, the faith and community permit is proposed to be removed.

»A four-year plan for charges in off-street car parks in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable is also set out in the report, as are proposals to start charging in some coastal car parks for the first time.

»And when the new Station Road West multi-storey car park opens in spring 2020, the council is proposing to create a new long-stay rate on the top deck, which would cap parking at £9.50 a day.


»No increases to park and ride are proposed over the next four years. The daily rate stays at £3.50 for a car and up to six passengers, with the new frequent user discount intended to encourage take up of the service.

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