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Pedestrian zone

Ashford town centre is a pedestrian area. There is an order preventing the movement of traffic within the zone during certain times (see below for details of the barrier closure times).

The central pedestrian zone includes:

  • Upper Bank Street
  • High Street
  • North Street
  • Part of Park Street

N.B. There is also limited access to the New Rents (New Street) area (access to New Street via the entrance on Drum Lane) during the day, when the pedestrian zone is in effect.

Bank Street Barrier

There is a manned barrier on the entrance to the pedestrian zone, on Bank Street (at the junction with Tufton Street). With very few exceptions, no traffic will be permitted to pass this point once the barrier has been closed. Access is not given to blue badge holders after the barrier has been closed.

Access is restricted by the barrier:

  • Monday to Friday - 10.30am to 5pm
  • Saturday - 8am to 6pm
  • Sunday - not restricted

Vehicle access permits to pedestrian zone

Special permits can be issued to vehicles that require regular access, for example residents and businesses. Due to the nature of the restriction here there are rules relating to what activities might allow us to grant an access permit.

Please contact Parking Services in order to enquire about an access permit. You can either write to us or email parkingcustomercare@ashford.gov.uk.

Map of the barrier and disabled parking bays within Ashford town centreDisabled access

Once the barrier has been closed to the pedestrian zone there is a prohibition of moving traffic, so access will not be granted to vehicles of blue badge holders. There are a number of locations around the town centre where disabled bays are provided, when access past the barrier is prohibited (see map below). In addition, badge holders may park in all on-street Pay and Display bays, if they display a valid disabled badge in their vehicle.

For information on how one may use a disabled badge on-street in England, please refer to the guidance given by the Department for Transport. All badge holders should be aware of this guidance.

Learn more about the blue badge scheme

Pay and display parking (on-street)

Pay and Display parking can be found in on-street locations near the town centre, but please note that all of these are shared with local residents and their visitors.

During the day (8am-6pm, Monday to Saturday), there is a maximum stay of one hour. Those wishing to park for longer would therefore be advised to use a car park.

Streets with on-street pay and display parking bays and charges

Charges

Between 30 minutes and 1 hour at £1.10 per hour payable in 5p (3 minutes) increments and up to 4 hours between 6pm and 10pm at a flat rate of £3.00.

During the day (8am-6pm, Monday to Saturday), there is a maximum stay of one hour in on-street shared parking bays for non-permit holders (not including disabled badge holders, who should refer to Department for Transport guidance)

Apsley Street East Street Queen Street
Church Road Elwick Road Regents Place
Drum Lane Norwood Street West Street

Ashford car parks

N.B there is a maximum stay of 23 hours in all of our car parks.

P1 Henwood car park TN24 8YF
Spaces 61 total
Opening hours 24 hours on all days
Charging period 7am to 6pm
Tariff for motor vehicles not exceeding (including any load) 3.5 tonnes Daily charge for Henwood car park is 90p per hour payable in 5p (3.33 minutes) increments. Minimum payment is 55p (30 minutes).

Over 4 hours £3.60

Additional information

NO PARKING AVAILABLE FOR COACHES OR HGVs

(Parking for coaches is available at the Civic Centre and Stour Centre car park TN23 1PL)

Height restriction: 2.1 metres (7 feet).

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg.

You can apply for a Henwood season ticket

Parking for goods vehicles may be available at-

Ashford Truck Stop
Waterbrook Avenue
Ashford
TN24 0LH

Visit the Ashford Truck Stop website

 

P2 Flour Mills car park (East Hill) TN24 8PA
Spaces 79 total with 2 disabled bays
Opening hours 24 hours on all days
Charging period 7am to 6pm. Free Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Tariff Daily charge for Flour Mills car park is £1.10p per hour payable in 5p (2.73 minutes) increments. Minimum payment is 55p (30 minutes).

Over 4 hours £4.40

Additional information

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg

Parking for coaches is available at the Civic Centre and Stour Centre car park TN23 1PL

You can apply for a Flour Mills season ticket

 

P3 Civic Centre and Stour Centre car park TN23 1PL
Spaces

483 total with 29 disabled bays.

  • 2 Coach bays
  • 4 bays for Camper vans
  • 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Points
  • 2 Motorcycle parking areas (one undercover)
Opening hours

05:00am to 11:15pm. N.B. There are two entrance gates at either end of the car park.

RAILWAY STATION GATE will be closed at 9pm; TANNERY LANE GATE will be closed at 11.15pm.

N.B. THIS CAR PARK IS LOCKED OVERNIGHT

Charging period 7am to 6pm
Tariff

Minimum payment is £1.50 for parking up to 2 hours, thereafter a linear charge in 5p increments.

The parking charge for periods between 2 hours and 4 hours is based on a charge of £1.10 per hour.

Over 4 hours - Mondays to Fridays (inclusive) £11.00
Over 4 hours - Saturdays and Sundays £5.00

COACHES - Minimum charge 1 hour £1.70. Then a linear charge in 5p increments up to 4 hours.

Over 4 hours £11.00

Additional information

THIS CAR PARK IS LOCKED OVERNIGHT.

There is a £55 release fee for vehicles locked in the car park that need to be released during the hours of closing (see tariff notice board for details).

Speed humps/traffic controls.

Some areas are signed for Permit Holders Only.

Some bays limited to 2hrs parkin.

15 minute free drop off and pick up bays.

Motor cycle bays where parking is free for motorcycles.

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg in standard bays.

Coaches permitted in designated area.

Under building: Height restriction: 2.1 metres (6.9ft)

   

 

P4 Dover Place car park TN23 1HU
Spaces 180 total with 8 disabled bays
Opening hours 24 hours on all days
Charging period 7am to 6pm
Tariff Daily charge for Dover Place car park is £1.10p per hour payable in 5p (2.73 minutes) increments.

Minimum payment is 55p (30 minutes).

Over 4 hours £5.00

Additional information Height restriction: 2.15 metres (7ft)

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg

Parking for coaches is available at the Civic Centre and Stour Centre car park TN23 1PL

You can apply for a Dover Place season ticket

 

P5 Station Road car park (behind Bowling Centre) TN23 1PP
Spaces 108 total with 8 disabled bays
Opening hours 24 hours on all days
Charging period 7am to 6pm. Free after 3pm Sundays and free after 3pm on Bank Holidays.
Tariff

Daily charge for Station Road (Ashford) car park is £1.10p per hour payable in 5p (2.73 minutes) increments.

Minimum payment is 55p (30 minutes).

Over 4 hours £5.00

Additional information

Height restriction: 2.15 metres (7ft)

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg

You can apply for a Station Road

 

P6 Vicarage Lane car park TN23 1NJ
Spaces

162 total with 22 disabled bays.

  • 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Points
  • Motorcycle bays
Opening hours 24 hours on all days
Charging period 7am to 6pm
Tariff

Daily charge for Vicarage Lane car park is £1.10p per hour payable in 5p (2.73 minutes) increments. Minimum payment is 55p (30 minutes).

Over 4 hours £11.00

Additional information

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg.

Parking for coaches is available at the Civic Centre and Stour Centre car park TN23 1PL
Toilets are available

Motorcycle bays where parking is free for motorcycles

 

P8 Edinburgh Road car park (multi-storey) TN24 8LG
Spaces 289 total with 24 disabled bays
Opening hours

Monday to Friday - between 6am and 8.30pm

Saturday and Sunday - between 6am and 7.30pm

Charging period

7am to 6pm. Free after 3pm Monday to Saturday.

Free all day Sundays and Bank Holidays.

N.B. THIS CAR PARK IS LOCKED OVERNIGHT

Tariff

Daily charge for Edinburgh Road car park is £1.10p per hour payable in 5p (2.73 minutes) increments.

Mini payment is 55p (30 minutes).

Over 4 hours £5.00

Additional information

THIS CAR PARK IS LOCKED OVERNIGHT. There is a £55 release fee for vehicles locked in the car park that need to be released during the hours of closing (see above and tariff notice board for closure times).

Height restriction: 2.1 metres (6.9ft)

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg

Parking for Coaches is available at the Civic Centre and Stour Centre car park TN23 1PL. You can apply for an Edinburgh Road season ticket

 

Spaces 105 total with 5 disabled bays
P9 Elwick Road car park TN23 1EZ
 Opening hours 24 hours on all days
 Charging period 7am to 6pm
 Tariff

Daily charge for Elwick Road car park is £1.10p per hour payable in 5p (2.73 minutes) increments.

Minimum payment is 55p (30 minutes).

Over 4 hours £5.00

 Additional information

Height restriction: 2.15 metres (7ft)

Weight restriction: Maximum kerbside weight 3500kg

Parking for coaches is available at the Civic Centre and Stour Centre car park TN23 1PL

Bays marked ’A’ are restricted to permit holders only; Monday-Friday, 7am to 6pm

Pay by mobile phone - cashless parking

Drivers use their mobile phone to pay for parking in all off-street and on-street pay and display spaces in Ashford & Tenterden, with Parkmobile.

To use the service, register your details with Parkmobile either:

When you register you will be asked for your credit or debit card details and your vehicle registration number (you can register more than one vehicle).

Once registered, you call the Parkmobile phone number (or use the mobile app) and key in your location number – both displayed on the pay and display machines. You start your session when parked and stop it on your return, subject to the maximum period permitted.

Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) make sure a driver has paid for his or her parking by accessing Parkmobile’s database through their GPRS enabled hand held device. They are then able to obtain your parking information by your vehicle registration number.

For full details of the service, including guidelines and terms and conditions, visit www.parkmobile.co.uk.

You can still pay by cash if you wish - pay and display machines will continue to operate.

Privately controlled car parks

  • Park Street (NatWest) Car Park - Managed by Natwest - 0845 600 2803
  • Park Street (J D Wetherspoon) Car Park - Managed by J D Wetherspoon - 01233 646891
  • Park Mall Car Park - Managed by NCP (National Car Parks) - 0845 050 7080
  • New Street (Farm Foods) Car Park - Managed by Euro Car Parks - 020 7563 3000
  • New Street (Lidl) Car Park - Managed by Lidl - 0870 444 1234
  • County Square Car Park - Managed by NCP (National Car Parks) - 0845 050 7080
  • Elwick Road (Station) Car Park - Managed by South Eastern Trains - 0845 000 2222
  • Ashford International Station Car Park A - Managed by South Eastern Trains - 0845 000 2222
  • Ashford International Station Car Park B - Managed by South Eastern Trains - 0845 000 2222

There may be other private car parks in the are- please look for signs and notices.

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