Tunbridge Wells Talking Point

Tunbridge Wells Talking Point

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PRICEY PARKING

Tunbridge Wells is set to become Kent’s most expensive town for parking after the council proposed to hike its charges by up to 29 per cent.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council wants to raise the standard hourly rate in its town-centre car parks to £1.80 from its current tariff of £1.40. Those who use the PaybyPhone service will be charged £1.40, up from £1.20.

Should the cabinet give the go-ahead on September 15, it would make the town’s car parks more expensive than all others managed by local authorities in Kent. In the local region, only in Crawley (£2.50 per hour) is the hourly rate higher.

The council says the increase will raise at least £450,000, with another £32,000 gained by increasing night tariffs to £1.50 (currently £1).

In addition, annual season tickets at some car parks would increase by up to £100 a year as part of the council’s proposal.

These include Crescent Road, Meadow Road, Great Hall and Mount Pleasant Avenue (new price £1,050), Beech Street and Camden Road (£1,005) and Calverley Terrace (£1,160).

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