Increased fees for council services, including parking, to be discussed by council Cabinet members

Parking fees may rise again next year

Cabinet members at Thanet council will discuss proposed fees and charges to be included in the 2018-19 budget at a meeting on Thursday.

A rise in the cost of some services is expected to generate additional income for TDC of around £390,000, which represents an increase of 4.0% on the last financial year.

There are plans to increase fees for some on and off street parking, crematorium and cemetery services, green waste collections, refuse bins, harbour and port fees, licensing, building control and selective licensing and property services. A new charge will also be brought in for clinical waste.

Parking fees

Proposals include an increase in parking fees for off-street parking in areas including Harold Road, Cliftonville; St Peter’s Park Road, Broadstairs; Cannon Road in Ramsgate, Alpha Road in Birchington and Albion Street, Broadstairs (off season), Marina Esplanade (off season), where the hourly rate, up to four hours, will rise from 80p to £1 and the £4 fee for parking over 5 hours will rise to £5.

Other parking areas will see an average rise of 20p on the first hour and between 80p and £1 for five hours (or three hours in short term parking areas) and over. Some, including Dreamland, will not see a rise.

Seasonal pay and display at St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate, will rise from £1.10ph (up to 4 hours) to £2. Season tickets will also rise by, on average, £5. On street parking is set to see  rises of between 10p and 20p per hour.

Other rises

Some funeral-related costs are due to rise, as are services such as bulky waste collections, which will see the minimum charge go up from £25 to £28.50.

Members of the council’s Scrutiny panel have suggested the bulky waste increases are scrapped.

TDC officers say this would have a ‘financial impact’ of around £1,200.

Cabinet members are expected to accept the proposed fees and charges which will go to full council for approval on December 7.

The final budget for 2018-19 will be approved by full council in February and implemented in April.

3 Comments

  1. Unfortunately it’s not just Thanet, Medway and Kent are just as bad. Due to government cuts the council’s have to get money from somewhere! We pay enough council tax but to top up the deficit it still comes back to the tax payers.

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