• No more Pay & Dismay! Come sign with me…




    Whoop! Early @KSCourier report on @TWellsCouncil voting for in-depth research into parking petition requests and 2nd debate in September.

    And today's @BBCRadioKent parking petition interviews with traders @dametartinetw @javabeantw @eatlogi @SW1HB and Joseph McCarthy, as well as members of the public and me in Breakfast With John Warnett here (at 52 minutes in, 1hr.04 mins news, 1hr 43 mins). Plus me going head to head with @TWBC_ChiefExec William Benson at 1hr 48mins.

    I hope @gooddeedlaura's interview is also in show somewhere!

    Delighted parking petition was mentioned in the news bulletins and that a jam-packed phone-in on parking followed with Julia George. You can listen to that show on BBC Radio Kent iPlayer, too.

    And you can also check all @carolyntgray's amusing Tweets from last night's council meeting if you want to know more. All very jolly :-)

    Please email your local councillors in support of the parking petition ideas! Read all about it in my 19 April K&S Courier Word On The Street column here.

    Councillors email addresses here. You can find your local councillors here.

    Please also view the TWBC parking documents the Council prepared for the debate, including Appendix D: Review of car parking charging options in Tunbridge Wells.

    See all the latest info Tweeted on @LadeezWhoLaunch and if discussing on Twitter please use the hashtag #ParkingDebate

    LATEST: Both the WI and The Telegraph are joining the national fight to save Britain's High Streets, too.

    Petition Success: The Full Council debated this because the parking petition topped 1,000 signatures (see P3 of 15 March K&S Courier). In fact we topped 2,000 signatures with 2015 in the end!

    NB: This is called PAY ON FOOT parking – you pay as you return through the pedestrian entrance to the car park, by cash or card so no paying for more than you have used (!), then you have 20 minutes or so to drive out of the car park, simply popping your exit ticket into the barrier as you go. So this won't cause exit queues, as some may have thought.

    Please also see full Courier online update and the March and April Soapboxes by Carolyn Gray in StayGo magazine, and keep an eye on my Courier Word On The Street columns (p4) and @LadeezWhoLaunch Twitter.

    I know the strength of feeling about this in and around town.


    and follow-up Kent & Sussex Courier story about my campaign.

    Local Government Minister Eric Pickles has come out fighting in our corner, even if unwittingly! Thrilled to see his call in The Daily Telegraph for wardens to stop giving motorists 'popping into shops' parking tickets.

    The Daily Telegraph story goes on to say Mr Pickles 'wants to end the “over-zealous culture of parking enforcement” and called on “officious” wardens to be more lenient in a bid to help boost the economy'. Also: 'Mr Pickles warned that the “rigid state orthodoxy of persecuting motorists” is damaging small businesses across the UK.'

    I was calling for this ahead of Mr Pickles' new campaign, so I am very grateful for his backing :-)

    We need to stop punishing shoppers and visitors for coming to our town to spend money that is much-needed by local businesses. Targeting them with costly tickets is madness in this recession.

    In a bid to show the true value of people power, I launched a fairer parking e-petition on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council website.

    The petition called for an end to the costly Pay & Display system in the town centre car parks. Instead we would have Pay On Exit machines. No more parking tickets – we could stay as long as we liked!

    Plus the first 30 minutes free for those who only need to pop to one shop, or pick up a prescription, and the revival of free parking on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

    The Kent & Sussex Courier revealed the town "pays more than double the national average in parking fees and charges". No wonder the high street businesses are fading fast.

    Read the Courier stories about the petition here and here.


    Manual petitions were available to sign at:

    Tunbridge Wells

    La Roche Patisserie in High Street

    Dame Tartine Restaurant at Fiveways

    Sankey's Pub & Restaurant on Mount Ephraim

    SW1 Hair & Beauty in High Street

    Sony Centre, Royal Victoria Place

    The Cake Shed in The Pantiles

    Pulpito Tapas Bar in Camden Road

    Kitch in High Street

    Organic Health in High Street

    A E Hobbs the chemist on Mount Pleasant

    Specsavers (upstairs and downstairs) 119 Mount Pleasant Road

    Miles Garage, Mount Sion

    Continental Flavour Cafe, Mount Pleasant (next to Hooper's)

    The Bedford Pub, corner of High Street and Vale Road, opposite station

    Javabean Cafe, The High Street

    LoGI Cafe, corner of Ely Court and Camden Road

    Calverley Antiques, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells

    The Spa Galleries, The Pantiles

    Serenity Therapies, 63a High Street, Tunbridge Wells

    Toads Hair, 41 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells

    Chignon Hairdressers, Crescent Road, Tunbridge Wells


    The Bell Inn, Ticehurst, Nr Wadhurst, East Sussex

    Five Oak Green

    Tony Carter stood outside the Post Office collecting lots of signatures here. He is @TonyVCarter on Twitter


    Steve Payney of The Wealden Advertiser, collected signatures here and in the town.

    Mark Cross and Rotherfield area

    Jim Hayes collected signatures here and in the town.

    Plus some people shared petitions with friends, neighbours, work colleagues and relatives.


Latest News:


Final Signatures

Great result to Council Parking Petition Debate!

Courier story: Eric Pickles parking clampdown boosts Tunbridge Wells campaign

TW Parking Petition

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