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Parking Changes to Support Town Centre Trade and Businesses


Dover District Council has made key changes at two key Dover town centre car parks in a further move to support high street trade and local businesses. 

The maximum stay at the Stembrook car park has been increased from two to four hours to allow greater dwell times for those visiting Dover town centre.  The Stembrook car park is adjacent to the Co-Innovation Centre and Stembrook Lane Shopping Arcade in the former Co-op building, and offers convenient town centre parking for the Market Square, Castle Street, Biggin Street, Cannon Street and St James. 

Meanwhile, Dover District Council’s business parking permit scheme has been extended to include the Maison Dieu Road car park.  Available to purchase for six or 12 months, the permits offer unlimited parking for the equivalent of just 47p per day (based on a £145 annual permit).  Business parking permits are also valid at Camden Crescent and Albany Place (P1) car parks in Dover.  The business parking permit for Deal is valid at Union Road Car Park (P2) and West Street (formerly St. George's car park) in Deal.  There is also a parking permit available for the Gazen Salts car park in Sandwich at £60 per annum.

Dover District Council offers some of the cheapest parking rates in East Kent, and charges for the shortest period (9am to 5pm).  In most car parks, charges do not apply on Sundays.

Cllr Nigel Collor, cabinet member for transport, said: “We’re committed to supporting our town centres.  Alongside our £500,000 town centre grants scheme, these changes to car parking offer practical support to local businesses, and mean that visitors can spend more time in the town centre.”

Posted on 24 June 2019


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