New parking arrangements for Epping market traders come into effect on Monday.
To enable better social distancing on Mondays, market traders will be able to park their vehicles in the underused Civic Offices car park behind the Conder building.
Access will be via an external gate off the High Street, which is normally locked. This will ease congestion from vehicles parked in the market and offer secure parking for traders.
Increase in footfall on high streets
Following the ease of lockdown and the gradual increase in footfall on the high streets we plan to start enforcement in council car parks.
Initially all motorists parked in contravention of car parking rules will be issued with Warning Notices but from Monday 22 June they will receive Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).
Free parking for NHS and key workers
NHS critical and social care workers can continue to park for free by displaying a permit that can be acquired by visiting the NHS Free Parking service website.
Cllr Nigel Avey, Cabinet Member for Environmental and Technical Services said:
Enforcement was reduced to focus on dangerous parking in all our car parks towards the end of March. We did not seek to publicise this because we wanted to encourage people to uphold the Government guidance to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS and Save Lives, rather than facilitate unnecessary travel and parking.
We also started offering free parking for NHS, Social Care staff and key workers. Our enforcement contractor continued to inspect car parks, empty cash machines and carry out general duties like maintaining the pay and display machines.
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