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Kettering car parking charges re-introduced at March 2020 rates

Parking, roads and transport

04 August 2021

Row of cars parked

Parking charges are to be reinstated at council-run car parks in Kettering on Monday 9 August following a lengthy period of suspension.

Councillor Graham Lawman, Executive Member for Highways, Travel and Assets, explains:

“In line with Government guidance and to assist all key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, parking has been free in Kettering car parks since March 2020. This was extended to support the gradual opening of the town centre and to encourage footfall.

“With the health situation starting to normalise and restrictions easing, we’re seeing more traffic returning to our roads and so we will be re-introducing charges at the March 2020 rates in all of the town’s public car parks.

“As we encourage people back into the town to work and socialise, we need to manage demand for spaces and to ensure a steady throughput of traffic with all motorists, particularly shoppers and town centre visitors, getting fair access to parking spaces, especially at a time when London Road car park has reduced capacity.

“We appreciate parking fees will never be popular, but we hope people understand that the fees are entirely reinvested into the upkeep of the car parks ensuring they are safe and accessible.

"We have agreed to look at an overall parking strategy for North Northamptonshire, which reflects upon our manifesto promises. This consultation process will commence shortly.”

Payments will be accepted by cash, card or PayByPhone. Wherever possible we would advise using the PayByPhone or card option. The location number for PayByPhone can be found near pay and display machines.