Wyre Forest District Council is suspending all parking charges in its car parks from Friday 27 March, until further notice. The move is to help support key workers and those dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.

At this time car parks should not be used for non-essential travel and the council is reminding people to follow the Government’s guidelines and only leave the house for one of four reasons:

• Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
• One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
• Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
• Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Regular patrols will continue to check drivers park safely and motorists will still need to follow rules, including the maximum stay.

Customers who have paid for their paper or JustPark digital season ticket in full or pay for their paper season ticket by Direct Debit will have their ticket expiry date extended by 3 months.

Season ticket holders who pay for their JustPark digital ticket on a monthly basis will have a 3 month payment holiday.

Parking charges and enforcement will continue as normal at Weavers Wharf Car Park, Kidderminster. This car park is not owned by Wyre Forest District Council.

Councillor John Thomas, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “We are taking this step to support essential workers in the NHS and social care at this time. They need to be able to do their work without worrying about having to pay. But the change we are making will also benefit anyone who undertakes essential shopping at supermarkets in the town centres where they would normally pay for parking. Just because car parking charges have temporarily been lifted does not mean that people should make unnecessary trips. People should follow the Government’s guidance and stay at home unless one of the exceptions applies.”

For more information on all services and events affected by Coronavirus, visit – www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/coronavirus.