Following a recent meeting of councillors who represent the northern communities of Thanet (we are talking Parking here!) It was interesting to note that the Councillor who had thrown his dummy out of the pram regarding a half hour 'Free' parking, in Birchington , was not there!
What was also interesting to note was that his proposal would, actually, impose a tax upon the disabled and non car owners.
The reason for this is that the plans, he proposed, would mean an extra cost on all ratepayers in Thanet. This means that those with 'Blue badges' , who currently pay nothing for two hours parking, would have to pay some of their rates toward this concession! (as would those who do not own a car).
Councillors present came up with a suggestion that would give the residents of Birchington free parking in a carpark on saturdays... similar to the scheme proposed for the other town centres.