Parking charges waived for NHS and key workers


Parking charges in North Somerset are being waived for NHS staff and key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Essential workers – such as NHS, social care staff, volunteers and key workers – can now park for free to enable them to carry out their critical work.

This applies to on-street pay and display areas and council-run car parks. They can also park without time limit in areas where it is free but usually time restricted.

They should put some form of identification in their windscreen to show they are key workers.

In addition, the council is providing free nearby parking for NHS staff attending training at Weston College in the town centre next week.

“We’re asking everyone not to travel unless it’s absolutely essential and to park responsibly because it remains vital that emergency services, delivery drivers and carers visiting vulnerable members of the community can continue to access all areas,” said Cllr Mark Canniford, the council’s executive member responsible for parking.

Dangerous or obstructive parking should be reported to the police.

Nine council car parks in North Somerset have closed to reduce the opportunity for people to visit areas that are not associated with the Government’s acceptable reasons for travel. These are:

  • Salthouse, Clevedon
  • Bus Terminus, Kewstoke/Sand Bay
  • Beach Road (opposite Commodore), Kewstoke/Sand Bay
  • Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare
  • Uphill Beach, Uphill
  • Knightstone Causeway, Weston-super-Mare (access will remain for residents)
  • Melrose, Weston-super-Mare
  • Worlebury Woods, Weston-super-Mare
  • Kilkenny Fields and cricket club car park Lake Grounds, Portishead.

These measures will remain in place until further notice to support the additional social distancing measures and protect lives.

Residents are urged to continue to comply with government advice and stay at home:

  • only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • stay two metres (6ft) away from other people
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home.

Anyone can spread the virus.

For the latest information on services in North Somerset visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus.