Parking charges are not being increased in Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre for the next financial year nor will the cost of residents’ permits rise. That decision was confirmed when the council’s Cabinet agreed parking fees and charges for 2013/14 following the public consultation on car parking proposals.
The feedback from the consultation had been considered by the Cabinet Advisory Board in advance of the cabinet meeting and the recommendations they made were accepted by cabinet members. The advisory board were keen that the views of traders and residents were noted by Cabinet and suggested that alternative proposals be trialled for a six month period.
Members agreed that from 01 April that John Street and Yew Tree Road car parks will remain free for the first hour and the second hour will be free for the trial period of six months. A charge will apply for parking for three or more hours from April.
At Paddock Wood East and West car parks the six month trial means that parking remains free for the first two hours. Charges will increase for longer stays.
Following the trial the financial viability of the proposals will be evaluated and a decision made as to whether they should remain in place or the original proposals be implemented.
The proposed residents only scheme for Stone Street and High Brooms Road car parks was amended by members at the request of council Leader, David Jukes. Permits for the car parks will be introduced from April but at the reduced cost of £100 and they will be allocated through an independent and open draw. Councillor Jukes said: ‘There were valid and reasonable points made by residents in the consultation process. We’ve listened to what was said and I’m happy to reduce the cost to £100.’
In Royal Tunbridge Wells town centre Torrington Car Park charges increase for longer stays of four or more hours.