You won’t need to worry about digging through your pockets for spare change quite so often because Ashford Borough Council has introduced free parking at certain times in selected council run car parks across the borough.
In addition, charges have been removed from parts of Ashford town centre.
Ashford town centre is a pedestrian area during weekdays and on Saturday. There is an order preventing the movement of traffic within the zone during certain times (this is effected by the closure of a barrier on Bank Street).
The central pedestrian zone includes:
There is a no waiting restriction in place across the zone between 6am and 6pm, Monday-Saturday. Parking is now free in marked bays in the central pedestrian zone outside of these hours.
As always, please check with signs and markings when you park, as not all locations in the central pedestrian zone are available for parking (e.g. taxi bays, double yellow lines etc.).
We have introduced free parking in select town centre high streets in Ashford.
You can park for free in pay and display parking bays in the High Street, North Street and Bank Street after 6pm from Monday to Saturday. In addition, parking is free all day on Sundays.
The council hopes the initiative will increase the footfall in Tenterden and Ashford which will help boost trade for local businesses and make our high streets an attractive option for new business ventures.
Sundays, Bank Holidays and after 3pm are times that our car parks are quieter.
These have been chosen on the basis that they are currently underutilised. Also some migration to the car parks that are free or cheaper will free up space in our most popular car parks making it easier for our customers to find a parking space.
Absolutely we want to do more. We need to ensure that our towns have sufficient car parks in the future and we need to explore the use of systems such as Automatic Number Plate Recognition in any new car parks. This would make parking even more convenient for customers and has the potential to encourage longer stays in our town centres.
Many of the existing parking payment terminals have already been replaced with modern pay machines. When fully functional these machines will accept payment by which accept by coins, as before, as well as by credit/debit card and ‘wave and pay’ contactless technology.
All of our on-street and off-street parking locations across the borough are also served by the cashless parking service, 'Parkmobile'.