Thanet council gives green light for next step of bringing in more parking charges across the isle

Rose Hill and Cliff Street are two roads included in the proposals

Thanet council Cabinet members have given the green light to the first stage of proposals to change free car parks and on-street parking areas to pay and display and bring in a batch of new resident’s permits.

At the meeting last night Cabinet member Cllr Suzanne Brimm told councillors that the scheme would bring in “much needed income to invest in parking schemes, maintain parking stock and pay for new technology.”

Phase one of the scheme is due to be implemented in June and phase 2 and 3 being implemented over the next 12 to 18 months, depending on the outcome of public consultation.

The proposals affect 5 car parks and on-street parking across the isle.

During the meeting ward councillors spoke against the plans and it was suggested Westgate should be withdrawn from the plans entirely.

Westgate residents, business owners and the town council say the charges will kill trade

Cllr Carol Partington said: “The parking strategy cannot simply be about restricting parking. High parking charges drive people out of town centres and harms local shops. Westgate does not have a car park central to the shops and on-street parking makes sure businesses are a success. Westgate needs to be removed.”

Her call was backed by Cllr Ash Ashbee who said a petition raised against the proposals had gathered 300 signatures in four days.

Ward councillors for Minster, Broadstairs, Reading Street and Margate all spoke against the proposals.

Questions were also raised about the income the scheme would bring, whether it would just push motorists into other areas and cause congestions and road-blocking and how Marine Drive in Broadstairs could be made pay and display when the road is unadopted, needs resurfacing and ownership is not clear.

Residents also attended the meeting, some with placards protesting against the plans.

Income is projected to be  £90,000 for 2017/18 and  a further £300,000 up to 2020.

Council leader Chris Wells said  cuts in government funding had forced councils, including Thanet, to look at revenue raising. He also dismissed claims that the issue should be dealt with after the June General Election saying it was “business as usual.”

What next?

The council will now hold a 28 day consultation with ward councillors. Members of the public can voice their concerns through their councillors. The proposals will also go to the Joint Transportation Board meeting scheduled for June.

Where is affected?

Location Roads/Location Included Maximum Day Rate Hours of Operation Hourly charge  

Phase 1

Barnes Car Park, Westbrook Car Park on Seafront

£1.50

7am – 10pm

30p

 

Hartsdown Sports Centre, Margate

Hartsdown Sport Centre Car Parks

£3.20

7am – 10pm

60p

 

High Street, Minster

Car Park in Minster High Street

£2.50

7am – 10pm

50p

 

Monkton Road, Minster

Car Park in Monkton Road

£2.50

7am – 10pm

50p

 

Winter Gardens, Margate

Parking at the rear of the Winter Gardens

£2.50

7am – 10pm

50p

 

Joss Bay, Broadstairs

Elmwood Avenue, Broadstairs. Seasonal only charges.

9am  – 6pm

£2.00

 

Westbrook, Margate

Canterbury Road, Royal Crescent, Buenos Ayres, Station Road, Albert Road, Crescent Road, Garfield Road, Hatfeild Road, Seaview Terrace, Westbrook Road and Westbrook Cottages..

8am – 6pm

Residents Parking with some pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

Phase 2

Westgate Central, Westgate

St Mildreds Road, Station Road and Cuthbert Road, Westgate

8am – 6pm

Residents Parking with some pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

 

Birchington East

Station Approach, Eastfield Road and Paddock Road

8am – 6pm

Extension of the existing Residents Parking with some additional pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

 

Margate Old Town, Margate

The Parade, New Street, Fort Road, Broad Street, Lombard Street and New Cross Street, Margate

8am – 6pm

Residents Parking with some pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

 

Broadstairs Victoria

Victoria Parade, Queens Gardens and West Cliff Avenue, Broadstairs

8am – 6pm

Extension of the existing Residents Parking with some additional pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

 

Phase 3

Ramsgate Harbour, Ramsgate

Cliff Street, Rose Hill, Sion Hill, Prospect Terrace, Nelson Crescent and Paragon, Ramsgate

8am – 6pm

Residents Parking with some pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

 

Ramsgate Eastcliff, Ramsgate

Wellington Crescent, Ramsgate

8am – 6pm

Residents Parking with pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

 

Minnis Bay, Birchington

The Parade, Birchington. Seasonal only charges.

9am – 6pm

£2.00

 

Botany Bay, Broadstairs

Car Park and possible extension and upgraded of parking on Marine Drive. Seasonal only charges.

7am – 10pm

On Street and Off Street pay and display as per that years agreed fees and charges

 

Leopold Street multi-storey, Mill Lane multi-storey, Harold Road car park and Vere Road car park will remain free on Saturdays. The Mill Lane multi-storey car park in Margate has extended its opening hours to 11:30pm during the summer months (1st April to 31stSeptember).

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  1. When the new park is opened up the Hooey sites visitors won’t come to the Thanet area to be ripped off like this!

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