Free parking ends in South Ribble

15 Jun 2020 09:47
Published by: Scott Callan

Car park charges have been restored in South Ribble as shoppers are welcomed back to its high streets.

After 11 weeks of free parking, the council has announced that borough’s car parks are also going to be operational once again.

And that means that from today, all council-run, pay-and-display car parks are set to return to the normal rates.

Sue Jones, cabinet member for environment, said: “We were delighted to be able to offer free parking for the last 11 weeks, so that people who needed it most, such as key workers, could park easily, without hassle, completely for free.

“But as non-essential shops start to reopen, we will see car park use increase and this means additional expenses for the council regarding maintenance, staffing, security and resources.

“The parking fees currently in place are modest, and of course for short trips, the blue bays are free for one hour.

“It has always been in the council’s best interests to keep car parking charges as low as possible to ensure good footfall to the towns’ shops and businesses.

“It is necessary to reintroduce these charges though so that we can continue to provide good car parking facilities and cover our costs of staffing and maintaining them.”

As part of measures to ensure public safety and continue to reduce the spread of coronavirus, motorists using the car parks are asked to pay contactless by RingGo wherever possible.

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