BROMSGROVE’S car parking charges will be reintroduced from Monday, August 3, the district council has announced.
A ‘contactless’ Mi Permit parking app is also being introduced by the authority for those who are uncomfortable with touching the parking machines, although the council has stressed that cash and card payments via the machine will be available.
Full risk assessments have been carried out ahead of the reinstatement and sites will be regularly cleaned as part of the measures.
Signs relating to social distancing and hand-sanitising or washing guidelines will also be around to remind users to stay safe.
Permit users can now renew via the council website or over the phone through the Customer Services Team.
NHS and social care workers will not have to pay for parking, when charges are introduced, as long as their relevant passes are displayed at council pay and display sites.
From July 31, visitors can download and access the Bromsgrove Mi Permit app for free on their phones or tablets via both android and iOS app stores.
Click here for more information.
Parking charges were suspended following the Prime Minister’s lockdown announcement in March.
Bromsgrove District Council leader Coun Karen May said: “With shops and restaurants reopening and parking charges returning across the district from August 3, I am pleased we are able to offer our residents the choice to pay using a contactless system or in the usual way, depending on what they feel is safest.
“We are one of the last local authorities in Worcestershire to reinstate the charges and the income from parking makes up a noticeable slice of our income which allows us to maintain our car parks, so that they are safe and in good repair, and spend our budget on services for all of our residents to enjoy instead.”
Unfortunately the Mi Permit app will not be available for visitors parking in Asda Car Park and Churchfields Car Park due to these machines operating on a separate, non-compatible system.
Hand sanitiser will be available at these pay on foot car parks for visitors to use once they have touched the pay stations.
More details on car parking charges are available on the council website, bromsgrove.gov.uk.