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Parking enforcement to be eased back in

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the council eased parking restrictions for residents as they knew how important it was for people to drop off essential items to friends and family.

This was done by introducing 30-minute free parking for all residents and visitors across the borough, so that they were able to look after their loved ones by dropping off food and medicine.

However, lockdown is now beginning to ease and from Monday 15 June, non-essential shops will be opening, which means more cars will be on the road with people trying to park in permit holders’ spaces.

From Monday 15 June, residents will only be able to park for 5 minutes and visitors will need to start using their visitor permits. However, as this is a big change, for the first 2 weeks parking enforcement officers will only be issuing warnings to people about the change if they stay between 5 and 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, tickets will continue to be issued.

From Monday 29 June, the council will start enforcing in full again if people stay longer than 5 minutes.

Throughout lockdown, the council has also provided over 1,350 free parking permits for NHS staff, frontline workers and volunteers to allow them to continue the incredible work to keep everyone safe and stop the spread of the virus.

Free parking permits for NHS staff, frontline workers and volunteers will continue until the end of November, and then subject to a review at that time.

Drivers using the pay and display or RingGo bays and council car parks may still park for 30 minutes free of charge provided they register their parking session with RingGo. Details of how to do this are displayed on the tariff boards at each location.