Parking charges to be reintroduced in Gravesham Borough Council car parks
Drivers will need to pay to park in car parks operated by Gravesham Borough Council from Monday 1 June 2020.
Parking in council operated car parks has been free since 24 March while Government restrictions have been in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
The council’s Civil Enforcement Officers, who have been offering advice to drivers and only issuing penalty charge notices where vehicles have been causing an obstruction, will go back to ensuring all restrictions are observed from the same date.
Explaining the decision, Cllr John Burden, Leader of Gravesham Borough Council, said: “While so many people were spending more time at home and with most town centre businesses closed, it was sensible to allow free parking in our car parks to encourage residents to park responsibly and ease the pressures on residential streets.
“However, with the Government easing restrictions, people are returning to work and to Gravesend town centre.
“After careful consideration, we, along other local authorities in Kent, have decided the time is right to reintroduce parking charges and return to normal levels of parking enforcement.
“With social distancing measures still in place our town centre is a very different place to how it was before lockdown started in March with formal queues to enter stores and restricted walkways.
“The reintroduction of parking charges and enforcement has a part to play in controlling the numbers of people visiting the town while ensuring emergency and delivery vehicles have unobstructed access.”
Drivers using Gravesham car parks are being advised to download and use the RingGo app to make payment.
Cllr Burden added: “Our first concern is for the safety of our car park users. The RingGo app allows you to make cashless payment via your mobile phone, the safest way to pay for your parking.
“For those without the app, I can assure you our pay and display ticket machines will be regularly cleaned and I would remind you to observe social distancing if you need to queue to pay at a machine and use hand sanitizer once you have completed your transaction.”
In March, all resident parking permits that expired during Government restrictions were extended to be valid until 26 June.
Those residents whose permits have expired in that time will be able to renew them online from 1 June and should select 29 June 2020 as the start date for the new permit.
You will need to ensure you apply before Friday 19 June 2020 to receive your permit in time for 29 June 2020.
With charges taking effect from 1 June 2020, car park season permits and Town Centre Worker (TCW) permits can also be renewed. Visit www.gravesham.gov.uk/home/parking-and-roads/season-ticket-permits/overview.
To make payment for a car park season permit, please call our customer services team on 01474 33 70 00.
If you wish to renew your Lord Street permit, please contact the Parking Office as normal.