Shepway rejects parking restrictions after referendum

Pay and display parking restrictions will not be introduced in town centre streets across Shepway after residents voted to reject the proposals.

Shepway District Council leader Robert Bliss said it had "listened to public opinion" following a referendum.

About 4,000 people had also signed a petition opposing the proposal.

Street parking will continue to be free in high streets in New Romney, Hythe and Sandgate, and Sandgate Road and Tontine Street in Folkestone.

The announcement was made to a full council meeting on Wednesday night.

Mr Bliss said the council still wanted to encourage a quick turn-over of cars in town centres and would look to continue, and strengthen where necessary, the current time-limited waiting arrangements.

"We want to support the success of our town centres in these difficult economic times and ensuring a speedy turn-over of parked cars by enforcing the waiting limits is one way of doing this."

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