Normal parking enforcement has resumed across all parts of the borough, though there will continue to be extra focus on areas around hospitals and health care centres.
Permits and dispensations
Free of charge dispensations for key workers in the school, health and care sectors have been extended until further notice.
Other free of charge dispensations have been extended until Sunday 21 June (at which point normal parking permissions such as business permits and pay-and-display will be accepted).
If you have a key worker dispensation, you will receive an email advising you which of these categories you are in.
Car park permits and business permits, which many permit holders could not use during the lockdown, will have their expiry dates extended by 83 days (to compensate for loss of use of these permits between the 23 March and the Sunday 14 June).
If you have one of these permits, you will not need to request this extension from the Council, the extra time will be automatically added to your permit.
If you have been issued with a paper permit, you will not receive another permit in the post, but should keep your current one on display – it will be accepted as valid by our civil enforcement officers for 83 days after the printed expiry date.
Car parks have remained open to anyone who has needed them throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Car park users can be assured that additional cleaning activity in the car parks will be focusing on the disinfection of handrails, door handles and lift buttons. Pay and display buttons will also be cleaned more often, though payment by phone is the best option for those concerned about using shared surfaces.
Parking Services have used the lockdown to undertake a number of changes and improvements to the car parks whilst they are relatively quiet. These include pothole repair, resurfacing/waterproofing and the redecoration of some staircases in our multi-storey car parks. These works are ongoing, and we hope to complete them by the autumn.
We have begun locking Springbridge Road Car Park overnight in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour – making it a cleaner and safer environment in which to park.
Update on parking in the borough