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LATEST: Maidstone Borough Council loses £1m in parking cash over lockdown

Friday 16th October 2020

PARKING fees in Maidstone, due to increase last April but postponed due to COVID-19 problems, have been deferred and will be considered again in January for next April.

There may not be an increase at all in 2021.  The decision rests with Maidstone Council’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee and its chairman Cllr David Burton (Cons) told Downs Mail: “

“Parking gurus suggest charges are only increased when space utilisation is around 85%.  I am concerned we need to encourage town centre patronage, not charge for it.”

There could even be a reduction - for electric vehicles.

Last January the council proposed to introduce from April an increase of 5p an hour for off-street pay-and-display and revise season ticket prices, including introduction of off-peak season tickets.

The council estimated income of more than £3m from parking services in 2019/20. Virus problems left many car parks almost empty during lockdown.  Overall the council lost more than £1m.