Published: Friday, 16th October 2020
During lockdown, Sevenoaks District Council was the first authority in Kent to remove car park charges and the last to reintroduce them. Now, the Council has agreed they will not increase next year.
This means the majority of its parking charges will have remained the same for six consecutive years.
Parking changes are reviewed once a year with any changes introduced in early April. But, in light of the impact of Coronavirus on local businesses, the Council has decided to freeze all its parking charges.
As well as keeping charges unchanged, the Council will continue to offer free parking in its Gordon Road car park in Sevenoaks at weekends.
Cllr Margot McArthur, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Cleaner and Greener, says: “I am proud that Sevenoaks District Council is once again setting itself apart from many other local authorities by freezing parking charges.
“Coronavirus continues to put a strain on our local economy, including our high streets. Freezing our parking charges is one of the many ways we can continue to support local businesses during these difficult times.”
Sevenoaks District Council’s Cabinet agreed to the parking charge freeze at its meeting on Thursday 15 October 2020.