Charges for council car parking to resume tomorrow, Wednesday
Free car parking was provided temporarily to support local businesses, but charges will now return to normal
Car parks owned by Buckinghamshire Council in Buckingham and Winslow will bring back parking charges again from Wednesday this week.
For the last month, Buckinghamshire Council has provided free parking in their car parks in response to Step 2 of the Covid-19 Government Roadmap. The incentive aimed to encourage residents and visitors to support Buckinghamshire’s local businesses and to return to town centres.
As the roadmap continues to progress, suspension Free of charges is now being removed and normal charges will apply from Wednesday May 12.
A Bucks Council spokesman said: "As high streets have reopened and residents are returning to use shops, restaurants, etc., it is important to effectively manage car parking space to help manage traffic flows and improve pedestrian safety. A structured payment regime also supports supply and demand, ensuring sufficient parking is available."
A range of health and safety measures in car parks have been put in place to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, including marking out social distancing areas around ticket machines, and advisory signage. There are enhanced cleaning regimes in place for ticket machines, lift buttons and other surfaces in high footfall areas.
Buckinghamshire Council has introduced the option for ticketless pay and display in more car parks across the county via the RingGo app.
The spokesman added: "Throughout the pandemic, the reduction in numbers of vehicles on the roads has seen measurable improvements in air quality, particularly in urban areas.
"To support residents who want to continue to cycle, additional secure bicycle parking is being provided at many locations and railway stations. There are also plans to introduce cycle lanes, where this is feasible, to separate cyclists from other road users."
Information on parking in Buckinghamshire, along with the charges at each location can be found here