A new car park has been created on land at the former Ramsgate Police Station

The new car park was 40ph less than the nearest council one Photo Adam Dark

The site around the old Ramsgate Police Station has been cleared – with a car park offering all day parking for £3.50.

The station, which has been empty for more than a decade, was sold at auction last year for £1,975,000.

Now part of the grounds have been cleared for the car park being operated by Euro Parking Services, which is offering spaces at 70p an hour of £3.50 for 12 hours.

Getting the site ready Photo Adam Dark

The site is accessed from Effingham Street.

The nearest council car park in Cavendish Street is £1.10ph with a maximum stay of four hours at £4.40.

Photo Adam Dark

The Courthouse car park is the latest to spring up since the announcement of the parking fee hike in April which raised costs by 20p an hour at many sites with some going from £1.60 for the first hour up to £4.

Photo Paul Messenger

Dreamland also opened the Arlington car park with a daily charge of £7, a fiver less than the council operated one at  the rear of the park.

In Joss Bay an enterprising farmer is also letting motorists park on his land for £5 a day.

A petition against a hike in charges at five seasonal car parks was thrown out last week when Thanet council decided to implement its own resident’s scheme instead.