Free parking set to continue
02 June 2020 : Council news
Somerset West and Taunton owned car parks will stay free “for the foreseeable future”.
The move is part of the Council’s wider plan to support the re-opening of High Streets to help rejuvenate the local economy.
Cllr Mike Rigby, Executive Member for Planning and Transportation, said: “Free car parking for the foreseeable future will support the reopening of our high streets which is vital as we recover from this pandemic.
We are doing all we can to support shoppers and business, planning changes to our pavements and roads to allow social distancing.
Of course, it will mean an immediate hit to our income, but we are looking at the bigger picture and how we can have an impact on the economic and social recovery which is key to all our futures.”
Drivers are being reminded that this only applies to SWT owned car parks and does not extend to on-street parking across Somerset where enforcement patrols were due to restart on Monday (1 June) following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Leader of the SWT, Cllr Federica Smith-Roberts, said: “As we emerge from this crisis, leadership, clarity and swift decision making are needed more than ever.
This will give our businesses certainty and the knowledge that they have the backing of their council.
“We are working hard to produce an economic and social recovery programme that will aim to make our society better and stronger. We will need the help, ideas and support of everyone to make this happen”.