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Have your say on new parking plans

PUBLISHED: 17:15 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:57 23 August 2010

A CONSULTATION aims to gauge public opinion on a parking scheme aimed at avoiding congestion problems when a high-speed rail link opens. Town centre residents and business owners can contact Gravesham Borough Council with their views on the scheme, which

A CONSULTATION aims to gauge public opinion on a parking scheme aimed at avoiding congestion problems when a high-speed rail link opens.

Town centre residents and business owners can contact Gravesham Borough Council with their views on the scheme, which could see a controlled parking zone in streets close to Gravesend train station during the week.

It will mean that during one hour every day from Monday to Friday, only residents who have permits will be able to park on certain roads.

The idea is to prevent commuters using the high-speed rail link from the station leaving their cars parked in certain streets for the whole day.

Residents permits will cost £15 for five years, and the exact details of what streets could be affected are available on line at www.gravesham.gov.uk/cpz.

Council leader and member of the Joint Transport Board, Mike Snelling said: "We are determined that Gravesend is not overwhelmed by people parking to take advantage of the new high speed trains at the expense of residents.

"It is right that we plan our action now to ensure that there is no invasion of the parking-space snatchers which would clog up the roads outside town and could make some householders' lives a misery."

The closing date for comments and views on the scheme is August 31 and should be sent to Paul Gibbons, operations manager, parking and amenities,via email to cpzconsultation@gravesham.gov.uk.

l You can write to direct to the Civic Centre, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1AU.

Alternatively, complete an online form at www.gravesham.gov.uk/cpz.

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