30 minutes free parking with the purchase of a valid ticket is currently being provided in Birchington High Street as part of a four week trial.
Motorists parking in the on-street parking bays on Crescent Road, Station Road, Eastfield Road, Paddock Road and Station Approach Road, currently receive 30 minutes beyond the time of their purchased ticket.
Signs are in place on the payment machines in the relevant locations to advise motorists.
The scheme has been introduced at the request of the Council Leader, Cllr Rick Everitt and Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Cllr Steve Albon following feedback from local residents and Ward Councillors. It is hoped this will encourage people to spend more time visiting local shops and facilities in the town.
At the end of the trial, the scheme will be reviewed to consider whether this should be adopted on a permanent basis.
The trial will be in place until Monday 28 September.
The trial in Birchington complements the council’s approach to encourage people to visit Thanet’s high streets. Free parking is also available on Saturdays at designated car parks in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.