Motorists visiting car parks run by Gedling Borough Council will have to pay and display to park from June 15.
Car park users will be required to display a ticket in council managed car parks – with the first two hours remaining free of charge.
Following guidance introduced by the government in March, relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing, Gedling Borough Council made the decision to temporarily suspend ticketing requirements and the use of pay and display machines at all council car parks.
Although use of car parks has reduced during the lockdown period, many of the car parks have still been in use by residents visiting shops to get essential supplies.
This month businesses are beginning to reopen, starting with outdoor markets and car dealerships and on 15 June all non-essential shops including clothes, books, electronic and furniture shops will be allowed to reopen, subject to them being covid secure. As these retail premises reopen, it is likely that the council’s car parks will become busier and the return of parking charges and monitoring will be required to ensure people park sensibly.
The council offers two hours of free parking at all council managed car parks provided a ticket is on display. Users only need to pay for a ticket if their stay is longer than two hours.
New signage will be placed in all council car parks to notify users that the charges will be reinstated and to remind motorists that parking tickets must be on display, even if only staying within the free two hour period.
The council said it is working with local businesses as part of its ‘bounce back’ plan to help ensure local businesses are supported and ready to reopen following the government’s announcement. Two new roles are being created to offer direct support for businesses and to actively encourage residents to shop locally.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We suspended parking charges in April to reduce risk to our residents and staff and to give them more time to make those essential journeys for shopping and medical purposes.
“As more businesses reopen, car parks will undoubtedly get busier so we need to monitor our parking availability through the use of ticket machines and car parking attendants.
“We will continue to offer two free hours parking at all of our car parks, something I’m sure will continue to be of benefit our residents and our high streets, especially during this time.”