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Cut price parking for workers

PUBLISHED: 14:03 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:26 23 August 2010

TOWN centre workers could receive major discounts as part of an overhaul of the whole town s car parking system. A scheme allowing those who work in Gravesend to enjoy up to ten hours parking for £1 will be introduced in April should Gravesham cabinet ap

TOWN centre workers could receive major discounts as part of an overhaul of the whole town's car parking system.

A scheme allowing those who work in Gravesend to enjoy up to ten hours parking for £1 will be introduced in April should Gravesham cabinet approve it.

Workers will need to prove their place of work through a payslip or letter from their employer, but can then receive a card for each month allowing them to park in outer car parks such as Milton Road and the Gurdwara for five hours for 50p or ten hours for £1.

Cheryl Russell, director of operations, said: "We have a system like this already in place but people had to pre-pay which meant if they weren't coming in for a day they didn't feel they were getting value for money. This is much more flexible."

Further announcements expected to be agreed by cabinet will be the extension of free car parking on weekends, while off-street fees will rise by 12.7 per cent on average, raising an estimated £139,467 and on street by 12 per cent raising £13,308.

Comparison with neighbouring districts shows that despite the increase, Gravesham is still cheaper, on average than Dartford, Sevenoaks and Maidstone.

Leader of the council, Mike Snelling, explained that there had been huge feedback from traders about the success of free weekend parking, a move which costs the council around £90,000 a year.

"It is important we encourage people to come in to Gravesend for their shopping, and the response has been overwhelmingly in favour of keeping it," he said.

The lay out of Gravesend's parking is also set to change with the High Speed Rail Service encouraging the council to introduce a permit for roads such as Albion Road, Shrubbery Road, The Avenue and Milton Avenue to protect residents from commuters.

Mr Snelling also revealed the unused area on Lord Street, which was recently returned to the council, will be made into a temporary 150-space flat car park until long-term plans are formed.

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