Thanet council reduces £4 first hour seasonal parking charge but increases fee for further hours

Thanet council proposes changes to some parking charges

Thanet council is expected to reduce the fee for the first hour of parking at seasonal car parks across the isle – but the daily charge will remain the same.

The £4 charge for the first hour parking in sites including Albion Street in Broadstairs and Marina Esplanade in Ramsgate, will reduce to £2.50.

But each hour after that is due to be increased from £2 to £2.50 and the charge for five hours or more will remain at £12.

The reduced charge for the first hour applies to Albion Street, Broadstairs, Marina Esplanade, Ramsgate, Chandos Square, Broadstairs. Joss Bay and the council-owned car park at Dreamland.

Charges per hour are due to be rounded up to a 10p denomination from 5p.

Free car parking is still available on Saturdays in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. In Broadstairs this has changed  from Vere Road to St Peter’s Park Road.

In Ramsgate it is at Cannon Road and in Margate free Saturday parking is at Mill Lane multi-storey.

Areas including Lawn Road in Broadstairs will remain at last year’s rates, while charges at St Mildred’s Bay have been reduced by £1 per hour.

Annual residents parking permits will see a rise of £4, up to £74.

Many charges, including stray dog fees, will remain frozen.

The new fees and charges, which will need to be approved by Full Council on December 6, are expected to bring additional income of £189,000 for the authority.