Parking charges to be reintroduced

Tuesday 2 June 2020

Council run car parks are to resume charging at the end of the month as more high street shops and businesses start to open.

Charges were suspended in March to support essential NHS and police staff, as well as residents that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, following the introduction of a government scheme to provide permits for health and social care workers and with shops reopening, the council are reintroducing charges on Monday 29th June 2020.

Following government guidance, lockdown measures are gradually being relaxed. In order to manage supply and demand of our car parks effectively and to ensure that the increased demand can be met, it is necessary to reintroduce car park charges in order to better manage car park spaces.

East Herts District Council

Cllr Graham McAndrew, EHC's executive member for environmental sustainability, said: "Since Monday March 30, we have provided unlimited free access to our car parks to help those that were working throughout the emergency. Many people have taken advantage of the free parking and we have been delighted to have helped so many over the past three months.

"We want to encourage residents to safely come back to shop in our towns, and reintroducing car parking charges will help us manage parking capacity appropriately.

"With visitor numbers in our towns increasing, we would ask that people park considerately and safely. On behalf of all of our parking team and enforcement officers, thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this challenging time."

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