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Car Parks in Tenterden

The council is pleased to release 140 parking bays at the Leisure Centre for all-day free parking, and 15 additional bays in the Station Road coach park with three hours free parking from Monday 13 July to Saturday 31 October. For Station Road coach park, drivers can either order a free session via the Ringo app or obtain a coach ticket from machine to display in their vehicle.

Coronavirus Service Update

As at 1 July 2020 all residents are to return to normal parking practices, as the provision of free parking for permit holders and non critical key workers stopped on 30 June 2020 as per government guidelines.

Critical key workers, as defined below, are able to continue parking for free in our car park and on-street parking bays. Charges are still in force in all council car parks.

Key workers include the following:

  • NHS staff;
  • Health and social care workers;
  • NHS Covid-19 volunteers.

We await confirmation from the government on when the critical care worker key worker scheme and pass will expire.

Key workers should display supporting evidence in their windscreen, such as photocopies of their work pass (with sensitive information removed), or a letter or evidence from their employer.

Our enforcement team have been instructed to issue a PCN if in doubt, as a few people are generally abusing these concessions. The appeals team will then seek evidence accordingly.

All car park are open, except for Victoria Road, which is being used as a Covid-19 testing centre.

On-street parking in Tenterden

There are a number of free parking bays in the town centre which are subject to prohibitions and restrictions. Most of these are restricted between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday (when parking, please check the signs relating to the particular bay or set of bays).

Please note that most bays are subject to a maximum stay of one hour during the day (again, please refer to signs when parking).

There are also a number of designated disabled bays on the High Street, with a maximum limit of three hours for each stay, to increase the number of blue badge holders that might use the bays during the day.

Car parks in Tenterden (Disabled parking rules see below)

N.B. all of our car parks permit a maximum stay of 23 hours.

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Recreation Ground Road Car Park TN30 6BW

Recreation Ground Road Car Park Information
Spaces
  • 209 standard bays
  • 13 disabled bays
  • 1 motorcycle parking area
Opening Hours For details please see signs next to the ticket machines
Charging Period 7am to 6pm
Tariff Daily charge for Recreation Ground Road car park: £1.20 per hour, payable in 5p increments

Minimum payment: 60p (30 minutes)

Over 4 hours: £12.00

Ivy Court Surgery patients (see additional information below)

Ticket machines here do accept cards - you can pay by cash, cards (guidance below) or use the cashless service, Ringgo

Cashless Parking Ringgo Location Code: 26657
Additional Information
  • Weight restriction: 3.5 tonnes
  • Height restriction: 2.25 metres (7.45ft)
  • Motorcycles: Free parking in designated motorcycle bays
Ivy Court Surgery Patients

The discrete area of the car park which is located opposite Ivy Court Surgery may be used free, for up to one hour, by patients attending appointments at Ivy Court Surgery

Please note that this remains a public car park. Bays are not designated solely for the use of patients

Patients should obtain a ticket from the machine and display this in the vehicle, in order to show the arrival time. Information is shown on the machine

A free ticket, for one hour, needs to be displayed in the vehicle

In all other respects surgery patients need to follow the car park rules, such as displaying a disabled badge if they park in a designated disabled bay

Clear advice is given to patients on the notice board indicated

Toilets are available adjacent to the section opposite Ivy Court Surgery

Tenterden Leisure Centre Car and Coach Park TN30 6RA

Tenterden Leisure Centre Car Park Information
Spaces
  • 140 standard bays
  • 6 disabled bays
  • 2 motorcycle bays
  • 5 coach bays at rear
  • 2 bays with Electric Vehicle Charging Points
Opening Hours 24 hour opening
Charing Period 7am to 6pm
Tariff

Motor vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tonnes:

Daily charge for Tenterden Leisure Centre car park: £1.20 per hour,

payable in 5p increments

Minimum payment: 60p (30 minutes)

Over 4 hours: £12.00

Coaches:

Daily charge for Tenterden Leisure Centre car park: £1.85 per hour, payable in 5p increments

Minimum payment: £1.85 (1 hour)

Over 4 hours: £12.00

Ticket machines here do accept cards - you can pay by cash, cards (guidance below) or use the cashless service, Ringgo

Cashless Parking Ringgo Location Code: 26658 (cars & coaches)
Additional Information

Season tickets are available

Coaches permitted in designated area (follow signs)

Bridewell Lane Car Park TN23 6EY

Bridewell Lane Car Park Information
Spaces
  • 127 standard bays
  • 4 reserved bays
Opening Hours 24 hour opening
Charing Period

7am to 6pm

Free on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Tariff Daily charge for Bridewell Lane Car Park: £1.20 per hour, payable in 5p increments

Minimum payment: 60p (30 minutes)

Over 4 hours: £5.50

Ticket machines here do accept cards - you can pay by cash, cards (guidance below) or use the cashless service, Ringgo

Cashless Parking Ringgo Location Code: 26659
Additional Information

Weight restriction: Max weight 3.5 tonnes

Height restriction: 2.1 metres (6.9ft)

Season tickets are available

Station Road Car and Coach Park TN30 6HN

Station Road Car Park Information
Spaces
  • 43 bays including two disabled bays (western side)
  • 2 coach bays- During tourist season, the eastern side of the car park will only be for use by coaches, increasing its capacity for coaches as result (see below for more information)
  • 2 bays with Electric Vehicle Charging Points (N.B. see additional information below)
  • 2 Disabled Bays
Opening Hours 24 hour opening
Charing Period 7am to 6pm
Tariff

Motor vehicles weighing less than 3.5 tonnes:

Daily charge for Station Road (East and West) car parks: £1.20 per hour, payable in 5p increments

Minimum payment: 60p (30 minutes)

Over 4 hours: £12.00

Coaches (parking in east side only)

Up to 3 hours: FREE

Up to four hours: £7.40

Over 4 hours: £12.00

N.B.

  • Coaches parking for the 3 hour free period still need to obtain a free pay and display ticket from the ticket machine to allow for this to be properly monitored. Instructions on how to obtain a ticket can be found on the tariff board adjacent to the ticket machine.
  • For coaches parked longer than three hours a pay and display ticket needs to be obtained covering the entire length of stay

Card payments:

Ticket machines here do accept cards- you can pay by cash, cards (guidance below) or use the cashless service , Ringgo

Cashless Parking Ringgo Location Code: 26660 (cars & coaches)
Additional Information

Please note: Station Road (east side) car park is restricted to coaches only from the Sunday before Easter each year to 1 October, to increase the number of coaches that can be accommodated during the tourist season.

Signs will be changed at the entrance and elsewhere and information given to signify the use of this area as a designated coach park during the tourist season

  • Toilets are available in Station Road (east side)

Payment by card

All Tenterden car parks take card payments (see car park information above for details)

Please follow instructions on-screen, or you can download our pay by card for parking guide [pdf] 218KB

Parking for blue badge holders

FREE parking for up to three hours if you display a valid blue badge and time clock, set to the time of arrival.

blue badge for disabled parking

Notes

  • If no disabled bay is available in the car park you may park in any standard bay and still benefit from three hours free parking
  • You need to display your blue badge and time clock, set to the time of arrival
  • In all cases, if you are staying for longer than three hours, you must pay for parking for the entirety of your stay