As you are probably aware the Town Councils Car Park in The Grove has been being mis-used for some time which is creating issues for the users that it was originally aimed at i.e. people using the High Street. The demand for parking now outstrips the provision available which has resulted in people struggling to get around the car park (both in vehicles and on foot).
The Town Council have been looking at ways to resolve this matter for some time and carried out a public consultation/survey in May 2016. The survey was carried out on-line via the Town Council website and was promoted via Facebook and Twitter with posters being displayed around the car park and on the 8 notice boards throughout the town. Hard copies of the survey were available in the Community Café, Church Road and at the Town Council Offices. At the 11 June 2016 Picnic in the Park Events (Swanscombe and Knockhall) stalls were provided to give the opportunity for responses to be submitted, details of the survey, and how to respond, were also published in the Correspondence Column of the Dartford Messenger.
A summary of the results of this survey can be viewed by clicking on the following link : Grove Car Park Survey Results
In an attempt to manage the situation for the whole community and not one or more sections of users, and to try and deter commuter parking and increase the opportunity for users of the shops the Town Council have taken the difficult decision to trial a Pay and Display Scheme for the car park.
Whilst aware that this change will not be to everyone’s liking we wanted to assure you that the charges being introduced (detailed below) are reasonable and that the purpose of this is not to generate income. All monies coming from the car park will be used to maintain the facility and to cover the cost of the management and enforcement of the parking.
First 2 hours FREE
£2 for 2 to 4 hours
No parking over 4 hours
These tariffs will operate Monday to Friday from 8am to 6.30pm
Payments will be able to be made by cash or by card and it is important to be aware that a ticket will be required for the 2 hours FREE parking.
This 12 month trial scheme is scheduled to commence at the beginning of April 2018 but please check the Town Council website for any changes or updates.
It will not be possible to facilitate any public permits for this scheme but we want to assure users that the effectiveness and impact of this scheme will be reviewed after 12 months and that we welcome any comments or suggestions during this period and these need to be submitted via the link below.