Motorhome Parking in Kent.
The information is presented by local authority are).
Kent County Council; Parking Page. Summary of statement made 15 January 2014: There are various on-street traffic orders which restrict motorhome parking in Kent but enforcement is the responsibility of the district council to which it applies. If there is concern that a restriction may apply, therefore, it is advised that a specific enquiry be made of the appropriate district council beforehand. Kent County Council is also responsible for parking at the country parks which it manages. Motorhome parking is allowed at some but not others. This depends on the capacity of the car park, whether the site is staffed, or if it has a height barrier that would need taking down first. KCC is not prepared to proactively publish this information on its website because of the issue with potential traveller occupation (which has occurred in the past at one of the parks). However, potential visitors with motor homes are welcome to call the park in advance to enquire about parking and KCC will consider adding this advice when the country park area of the website is next reviewed.
Ashford Borough Council; Parking Page. Use the "Where can I park in the Borough" links to find details of "Camper van" parking, height restrictions and weight restrictions. On 15th January 2014 the council stated "With regard to on-street parking restrictions, we do not have specific restrictions preventing motorhomes from parking and do not intend to introduce restrictions. However: 1. At Sevington in Orbital Industrial Park vehicles exceeding 5 tonnes are banned from waiting overnight.; 2. In Torrington Road there is restriction preventing vehicles exceeding 3 tonnes unladen weight from waiting at all times. These restrictions are marked by appropriate time plates."
Designer Outlet, Ashford, Kent. Statement 11 February 2014: "The height limit for our main car park is 3 metres, so any vehicles above this height will not be able to park in the centre. However, we do have an overflow car park which is next to Asda, just across the road from us. There are no height restrictions to use the overflow, and the parking charges are the same as they would be for the main car park - £1 for 4 hours. I hope this helps.".
Canterbury Council; Parking Page; Park & Ride page; Motorhome Parking. There are restrictions on parking in certain roads in Herne Bay and Whitstable. Details are in the downloadable TROs on the Parking Restrictions Page. Also see the downloadable parking leaflets for Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable. In regard to parking other than in Canterbury the following was received from the council on 3rd March 2014: "We're about to put together the coastal Where to Park leaflets for April. I'll expand on the Motorhome information and update the website for April. As it stands we can accept multiple bay use provided a ticket is purchased for each bay and any other restrictions such as weight and height are met. We're also installing a new motorhome area at Herne Bay in Neptune car park which will certainly help. We're slowly removing height barriers as the traveller threat decreases which gives better access too and this includes Whitstable. I can't create specific area's in established car parks but as usual we'll do whatever we can to make sure of a welcome.". Update 1 December 2014: Motorhome parking is available at Swalecliffe Avenue car park in Herne Bay. For about the next 18 months the car park will have a compound in it for contractors working on an offshore wind farm development so although there won't be any disturbance overnight there will be movement during the day. The council realises this is not ideal but took the opportunity of putting it in place now rather than leave it. Because it's being shared it is temporarily free for a 24 hour maximum stay (no return for 24 hours).
Dartford Council; Parking Page. The council is reviewing its web site and will consider adding motorhome parking information (Stated 30 September 2013).
Dover District Council; Parking Page; Motorhome Parking Page. In September 2014 the Dover Joint Transportation Board approved a Report into motorhome parking restrictions along Marine Parade and Waterloo Crescent, Dover and The Beach, Walmer. See Minute 670 Here.
De Bradelei Wharf, Dover, Kent. An enquiry regarding motorhome parking was sent on 2 September 2013 but no reply has been received.
Gravesham Borough Council; Car Parks Page. The web site used to include a statement that the pay and display car parks are not designed to accommodate large vehicles and therefore not suitable for Motorhome parking. The web site was then updated and notes against each car park said that no motorhome parking is available. After a further update even that information has been removed.
Maidstone Borough Council; Parking Page. See the CCTV, Motorhomes & Ticket Machines tab for details of absence of motorhome parking; Park & Ride Page.
Kent Life Farm Park, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3AU. Statement 11 February 2014: "We do have free daytime parking for guests visiting our attraction during working hours. There is no height restriction as we allow coaches to park in certain bays. We do not offer overnight parking. Our security ensures the gates are locked each evening to deter any unwanted guests.".
Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL. Statement 29 February 2016: "We do of course welcome motorhomes from all over the world and have done for many years and we have always accommodated them. We do have several large hard standing car parks that are normally reserved for coaches and motorhomes during the summer months, although during the winter months we do use these for cars as the grass parking areas normally used by cars can be unusable due to weather conditions, but having said that we normally have a huge reduction in coaches and motorhomes during these months and it doesnít cause us any problems. We cannot of course accommodate any overnight parking on our estate nor can we let dogs enter our estate due to the large number of free roaming wildfowl - they are welcome in the car parking areas for exercise but would have to remain safely in the vehicles.".
Medway Council; Parking Page. Medway Council do not have specific motor home parking, which is why the information is not on the website. However people are able to contact Medway Council for individual needs (Stated 3 October 2013). A follow-up enquiry produced this reply on 31 December 2015: "Motorhome daytime visitors can park in the Oversize HGV bays in Whiffens Avenue Car Park with a valid Pay & Display ticket and are not allowed to park overnight. Also they can park in any Pay and Display bays on street around Chatham town centre for the purpose of visiting Chatham."
Diggerland, Roman Way, Medway Valley Leisure Park, Strood, Kent, ME2 2NU. Statement 6 January 2014: "We have no plans to add specific info about motorhome parking, but we have no restrictions in our car parks and motorhomes can certainly park up there".
Sevenoaks District Council; Parking Page. Advice on parking for larger vehicles is on the "Car Parks" and "Street parking - commercial and large vehicles" pages. Restrictions may preclude motorhome parking so check with the council first if in doubt.
Hever Castle, Hever, Nr Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 7NG. Parking is plentiful and is free. Statement 23 December 2013 regarding motorhome parking information: "We don't currently have a policy on this but I will consider it in 2014 as we are re-viewing parking etc. I'll contact once we have something".
Shepway District Council; Parking Page; See the note on the Car Parks Page. Statement 3 December 2013: "Motorhomes are permitted to park in the councilís car parks provided the length of the vehicle does not exceed the length of a single parking bay. High Knocke car park in Dymchurch, Coast Drive in Greatstone and Lower Sandgate Road car park in Folkestone have unmarked spaces so they can accommodate larger vehicles. Drivers are not allowed to cook, camp/stay in their vehicles when using the parking bays. I will be arranging for this information to be published on the councilís website. We also have a few car parks with height restrictions which I will also list on the website.".Statement 17 January 2014: "I can confirm that apart from specific parking places which are for specific vehicles (such as bus stop clearways, taxi ranks, bus parking places, etc) there is nothing in our Traffic Regulation Orders that specifically excludes campervans, motor homes and caravans on roads."
Swale Borough Council; Parking Page contains a note about the lack of motorhome parking. Traffic Regulation Orders specifying general waiting restrictions.
Thanet District Council; Parking Page; Motorhome Parking Page. There is an on-street prohibition in Broadstairs of Caravans, Motorhomes and Camper Vans between 6pm and 6am on: Eastern Esplanade (Both sides from Park Road to Rectory Road), South Cliff Parade (Both sides from Dumpton Gap Road to Seven Stones Drive) and Western Esplanade (Both sides from Dumpton Gap Road to West Cliff Road).
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council; Parking Page; Motorhome Parking Page.
Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 8DG. Directions Page includes large vehicle parking information.
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council; Parking Page; Motorhome Parking Page.
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Last updated: 9 October 2016
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