‘New Normal’ might be with us for many aspects of life from now on but ‘Old Normal’ hasn’t completely gone away. Parking charges will return in the central area of the High Street and the other charged car parks across the town.
Wiltshire Council announced earlier today that this ‘Old Normal’ will be back next week. ‘Parking charges at all car parks, and on residential and on-street parking areas in the county from Monday 1 June. All parking permits and season tickets will also restart from this date, and parking wardens will enforce any parking contraventions in the county.’
Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways and transport, said: “As the government looks to return to a new normal, it is important we reintroduce parking charges and enforcement to ensure the highways and parking networks are working effectively.”
Parking will still be free for NHS and care workers, and no end date has been set for this yet.
Parking permits and season tickets for car parks will be extended by nine weeks, so that a parking permit that is due to expire on 31 August will be automatically extended to 2 October. Refunds can be given to people who no longer need extended season tickets – contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wiltshire Council also offer the following advice:
People using car parks should note the following guidance to help keep staff and residents safe and ensure social distancing:
- Cash will be accepted (change not given) at all car parks, but please pay using a digital permit or contactless if you can. Not all car parks accept contactless payments, but all accept digital permits.
- Signage will be in place to let people know of the charges and also to remind people to ensure social distancing when using machines or walking in car parks.
- Where possible, people should park leaving one space or more between cars to aid social distancing. This may not always be possible, but it may be achievable in quieter car parks.