Ashdown Forest Car Park Payments – Update

25th August 2022 Update

Our Frequently Asked Questions document will help you find answers to common questions.

Parking Payments FAQs

16th August 2022 Update

Car park signs

Ashdown Forest has submitted a planning application for placing car parking payment signs on its car parks. The reference number is WD/2022/1878/AN.

Start date

The start date of the scheme will follow completion of the planning application process. Full details will be shared when the process is complete.

8th August 2022 Update

Parking machines

Ashdown Forest has submitted a planning application for a parking machine in the Forest Visitor Centre car park. The application may be found on the Wealden District Council Website’s Planning and Building Control page. The application number is WD/2022/1879/F.

The Proposal and Business Case for parking payments investigated placing parking machines in 5 car parks. Following the public consultation responses a decision has been made to reduce the number of machines and to install two at the Forest Visitor Centre. This change takes account of the wishes of visitors to minimise impacts on the beauty and character of Ashdown Forest. Feedback also raised concerns around the vulnerability of parking machines to vandalism. Visitors can pay to park by:

  1. Purchasing an annual (or winter) pass via the parking company’s website
  2. Calling the parking company to purchase a ticket
  3. Using any one of the selected car parking apps to pay for a ticket
  4. Visiting the Forest Centre during working hours to pay by cash
  5. Using one of the two machines at the Forest Centre to pay by card.

Tickets are valid across the Forest car parks.

18th July 2022 Update

We are pleased to announce a 6-month Winter Parking Pass valid from October to March will be offered to users of Ashdown Forest. The pass will cost £50 and will cover two cars from the same household.

July 2022 Update

Concessions

Ashdown Forest is keen to ensure that the parking payments scheme does not prevent access to the Forest for households that cannot afford the fees. Households or individuals that receive Universal Credit, income support or pension support will be able to apply for a concession. For those who qualify, a full day ticket will cost £1, an annual pass, £5.

Blue badge holders will park for free, and horse riders with licenses will not have to pay for parking if they are with a horse box.

July 2022 – Update

  • Following completion of the tendering process we are finalizing the contract with Horizon Parking Ltd. Horizon have a significant presence in the Southeast and have been supporting Epping Forest with their parking scheme from May 2021.
  • The tariffs for parking have been finalized:

Duration

Fees

Up to 1 hour

£2.00

Up to 2 hours

£2.50

Up to 4 hours

£4.00

All day

£5.00

Annual pass

£80

Annual passes will cover two cars.

Fees include transaction costs associated with purchasing parking tickets and passes.

  • We expect to introduce the payment scheme by late August once the required administrative process has been completed.

April 2022 – Update

  • The tender process has been completed for a parking management company to partner with us to design and manage the car park payment scheme.
  • The proposed level of charges:

£2.00 for one hour

£2.50 for two hours

£4.00 for a half day

£6.00 for a whole day

£80 for an annual pass

The final charges may be lower than this.

  •  Payments will be required for using all the Ashdown Forest car parks.
  • A single ticket can be used to park on any of the car parks.
  • A range of methods to pay for parking will be possible. The details of the payment system have not been finalized.
  • There will be a grace period of 15 minutes so that people can stop to stretch their legs, buy an ice-cream or coffee, or enjoy the sunset without having to pay.
  • We expect to introduce the payment scheme by August 2022. Information will be posted in car parks, on our website, and on social media.

February 2022 – Update

At the end of last year, we ran a consultation on the potential introduction of car parking payments to help support and maintain Ashdown Forest. Almost 2,800 people took the time to complete the consultation. We would like to thank everyone who contributed their time and thoughts.

The analysis and interpretation of the results are below:

  1. Report on Findings of the Public Consultation on Proposed Car Park Charging v1.0
  2. Interpretation of the Consultation and Recommendations v1.0
  3. Car Park Charging – Proposal and Business Case

The Board of Conservators voted to approve the introduction of parking payments on Ashdown Forest – Ashdown Forest Car park payment approval