Campaign calls for radical change in Tunbridge Wells car park fees: Sign up here
By kentsussex | Wednesday, February 06, 2013, 12:47
An online campaign calling for 30 minutes' free car parking and pay-on-exit machines in Tunbridge Wells has been launched.
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The petition also calls on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to revive free parking on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Freelance journalist and town resident Sarah Bond launched the e-petition last week.
The Courier columnist said shoppers were fed up with rushing back to their cars before their tickets expired while the free 30 minutes would entice many more in to town.
She said 162 people have so far signed her petition, with 1,000 needed by March 11 to trigger a debate in the council chamber.
She told the Courier: "These changes would take away all the fear and the worry. The free parking would encourage people to come and they might think, I'll stay.
"If they see something in the shops or want to look in more or stop for a coffee or something to eat, they can.
"It's a very antiquated system at the moment. People say they don't know other towns, apart from Sevenoaks, where they have to 'pay and dismay' which is what I call it.
"I am always having to cut short my shopping to rush back and move the car."
Miss Bond will be in the precinct on Saturday with her petition and will put paper copies in local businesses.
To sign the petition go to http://democracy.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/mgepetitionlistdisplay.aspx?bcr=1