Covd-19: FREE parking for Salisbury NHS staff

Covd-19: FREE parking for Salisbury NHS staff

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 8:48am 26th March 2020. (Updated at 11:07am 26th March 2020)

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Hospital bosses have already scrapped parking charges, now Wiltshire Council is to follow suit.

The government has announced it will cover the cost of free car parking to NHS staff working at hospitals for the duration of coronavirus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says staff shouldn't have to worry about paying for car parking.

"Our NHS is facing an unprecedented challenge, and I will do everything I can to ensure our dedicated staff have whatever they need during this unprecedented time.

So we will provide free car parking for our NHS staff who are going above and beyond every day in hospitals across England."

Mr Hancock has also praised Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust who have already made the decision to suspend parking charges.

"My enormous gratitude goes out to the many NHS Trusts and other organisations already providing free car parking and I urge other Trusts to do the same with our backing."

WILTSHIRE COUNCIL TO OFFER FREE PARKING

The Local Government Secretary has agreed local councils will also offer free car parking to all NHS workers and social care staff during the coronavirus outbreak.

Under new measures they'll be able to use council parking bays without time restriction or charge.

Maltings car park
Under the move NHS staff will no longer have to pay at council run car parks like the Maltings.

Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said:

"Our NHS staff and social care workers are working round the clock to save lives and should not have to worry about the cost or time restrictions of parking.

Which is why, I’ve agreed with the LGA and councils in England to provide free car parking, on council owned on-street spaces and car parks.

By working together we are able to support these heroes as they play a front line role in our national effort to tackle the coronavirus crisis."

The changes will apply to all on-street parking and open, council-run car parks including pay and display.

Charges will be suspended for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers.

New Parking Machine Salisbury Central Car Park 2 (Faye Marsh)
Charges to be suspended in Salisbury.

HOW WILL IT WORK?

Wiltshire Council and other local authorities will set up local arrangements so NHS and care workers and volunteers can provide evidence that they can display in their windscreen to ensure they avoid parking tickets.

Parking ambassadors will continue to work to ensure the public are kept safe and that the roads remain clear for emergency and essential services.

Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

"Already, many councils have suspended parking charges in council-run car parks and for on-street parking and have waivered all fines on appeal for critical workers.

Councils agree and have worked with government to develop this scheme that now means no health worker, social care worker or anyone volunteering for the NHS, should have to pay parking charges as they tackle the coronavirus and support communities."

Spire FM is awaiting details from Wiltshire Council on how and when the scheme will be implemented in Salisbury.

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