Free Saturday parking at the Royal Harbour (Leopold Street) multi-storey will come to an end by April.
Ramsgate Town Council voted against continuing to subsidise the free parking, deciding the money would be better used for other services.
At a meeting last month it was agree: “Ramsgate Town Council to no longer pay TDC for free parking on Saturdays at the Royal Harbour Car Park. The money saved to be used elsewhere for the benefit of the residents of Ramsgate.”
Town mayor Trevor Shonk voted against the proposal.
According to Thanet council documents for a Cabinet members meeting on Tuesday (January 16): “Free Saturday parking will revert to Cannon Road car park from 1 April 2018.”
Town and district councillor Rev Stuart Piper said: “RTC has been paying TDC £9,000 per year for the ‘free’ parking. Initially TDC requested £15,000 per year for the next two years and then offered a decrease, meaning £27000 over two years.
“This increase, together with losses of other funds, means that RTC will be some £80,000 short next year. A choice had to be made which is not easy but the money can be used on other benefits for the town.”
Cannon Road has 230 spaces, including 5 disabled bays. Leopold Street has 394 spaces, including 22 disabled bays and 8 parent and child bays.
Fees and charges
Fees and charges for 2018/19 agreed by Thanet council include increases in some parking costs,cemetery and crematorium charges and more asset sales.
The measures are deemed necessary as the authority faces yet another cut in its annual central government grant.
A report to members warns the Revenue Support Grant (RSG) from central government is to fall to £809,000 for 2018-19 compared to £1.446m for 2017-18.
The grant has been slashed repeatedly in the last few years.
For 2013/14 the grant was £6.636m. in 2014/15 it fell to £5.131m and for 2015-16 this was reduced to £3.630m.
In 2016-17 the grant was £2.645m but this is expected to go down to just £98,000 in 2019-20 and it is predicted there will be no central government grant from 2020-21.
The budget for the coming year will be £16.8million. In 2012/13 the budget was in the region of £21.5million and included central government revenue grants of around £11 million. The predicted budget for 2020/21 is around £16.5 million without any central government revenue grants.
The loss of funding means local authorities have to look at other ways of raising funds through fees and charges, asset sales and even schemes like the soon to be launched Thanet lottery.
Thanet council is also proposing to raise its share of council tax by almost 3 per cent.
Cabinet members will discuss proposals for the 2.99% hike, and the details of the 2018/19 budget, on January 16.
The rise would equate to an extra £6.57 a year for a Band D household.