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Parking Charges

Meeting: 13/02/2024 - Cabinet (Item 11)

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This report proposed the implementation of a charging regime for visitor parking at Medway’s country parks. The new fees would generate income, which the Council could allocate to environmental improvements.

A benchmarking exercise had been undertaken to confirm parking charges, approaches and payment systems utilised in town centre car parks operated by Medway Council and within country parks managed by Kent County Council. Data from this had been used to determine suitable parking charges and payment systems for Medway’s Country Parks.


A Diversity Impact Assessment had been carried out and was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.








The Cabinet approved the inclusion of these parking charges as set out in paragraph 6.2 of the report, and associated income and expenditure as detailed in paragraphs 4.10 to 4.14 of the report, in the draft Council budget report for 2024/25 which would be considered by full Council on 29 February 2024.


The Cabinet recommended full Council to approve the following capital additions, to be funded from borrowing over five years, at a cost of circa £45,000 per annum:

·      £11,500 in 2023/24, as detailed in paragraph 4.12 of the report.

·      £159,500 in 2024/25, as detailed in paragraph 4.13 of the report.




The new charge would bring Medway Council in line with the approach taken by Kent County Council to charge for parking in country parks whilst also providing a valuable new income stream to help address budget challenges.