Covid-19: Wiltshire Council scraps parking charges

Covid-19: Wiltshire Council scraps parking charges

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:17pm 26th March 2020. (Updated at 5:28pm 26th March 2020)

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The authority says they're 'easing parking restrictions' to 'support communities'.

Parking in all Wiltshire Council car parks and on-street bays will be FREE from tomorrow (Friday 26th March).

Enforcement officers will be focussing on 'serious contraventions' to prevent obstructive or dangerous parking that could impact safety, or access for emergency vehicles.

Empty Car Parks Salisbury March 2020
Car parks run by Wiltshire Council will be free of charge for the time being. to support key workers

Councillor Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: 

"At this time it is vital we support our communities to ensure they can follow government guidelines and ensure our key workers can deliver vital services across Wiltshire. 

"This means that we will allow all key workers and residents to use on and off-street parking bays without time restriction or charge. This includes any council car parks, on-street paid for parking bays and permit bays in controlled parking zones. 

"Parking management is a key service to ensure we maintain road safety, access for emergency services and the delivery of goods and services, including refuse collection vehicles. It is extremely important that we continue to enforce for these issues in these challenging times.  

"We ask that people continue to park considerately and legally at all times. We also ask you to be respectful to our officers carrying out these critical duties. By doing so you will keep the highway safe for all but especially our NHS, emergency services and other key workers."

Empty Car Parks Salisbury March 2020
Car parks have been very quiet in recent days, as we're advised to stay at home

WHAT ABOUT RESIDENTIAL PERMITS?

Restrictions on parking in residential areas will be relaxed by Wiltshire Council to 'maximise the spaces available'.

Timed parking restrictions will also be lifted.

If you have a paid-for parking permit or season ticket, it'll be frozen during this time.

All of these changes will be reviewed after three weeks, based on the latest Government advice.

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