Hot weather draws crowds to Thanet beaches – but Arlington residents must take control of Dreamland parking lot – The Isle Of Thanet News
Residents of Arlington House tried to manage the Dreamland parking lot by block as vehicles piled into each space only to eventually exceed capacity today (June 13).
A resident said his neighbors closed the barriers when the parking lot was full and directed people to an alternative parking lot.
The parking lot appears to be devoid of guards to control the number of vehicles entering the site.
Smart Parking is responsible for managing the parking lot on behalf of Dreamland, which signed an agreement for the use of the site in 2017. The company also operates the old municipal parking lot on the other side of Dreamland after the amusement park bought it from Thanet. advice for £ 4.7million.
Parking was also an issue in Buenos Ayres today, with residents reporting that the paths and doors to properties were blocked.
A resident said: “It is dangerous for residents and pedestrians. “
Problems were also reported in Botany Bay and Kingsgate.
The rush for parking comes as warm weather has drawn thousands of visitors to the island’s beaches. Families filled Margate and Botany Bay, among other sites, to make the most of the sun.
The influx has caused problems but also means a boost to trade for local businesses, many of which have suffered during covid closures. There were also few reports of problems today, as beach goers appreciated the facilities.
Earlier this year, Thanet Council introduced an increased presence of civilian enforcement officers on foot in the Kingsgate / Broadstairs area aimed at resolving parking issues and installed static signs directing visitors to the beaches which have more space and parking available when needed.
Dreamland and Smart Parking have been contacted to make them aware of the problem in the parking lot.