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Coronavirus: Several local councils in Surrey and Hampshire scrap parking charges

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Coronavirus: Several local councils in Surrey and Hampshire scrap parking charges

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 4:04pm 27th March 2020. (Updated at 4:05pm 27th March 2020)

Several local councils in Surrey and Hampshire have scrapped parking charges in their car parks because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Some local authorities are also issuing refunds for those who have recently paid for parking permits. 

It means key workers in shops, NHS, health care or other important roles and volunteers supporting those who need help do not have to worry about buying a parking ticket. 

Guildford Borough Council

  • All off-street car parks in Guildford town centre are now free
  • Bright Hill will remain permit-only for healthcare workers
  • This replaces the council's recent announcement regarding temporary permits – refunds will be issued automatically
  • The council is also suspending all invoices for contract and season ticket holders with immediate effect for an initial three-month period.

Rushmoor Borough Council

  • Rushmoor Council has temporarily suspended all parking charges in their car parks and on-street parking.
  • This means you do not need to pay to park in any of the council-run car parks, or on-street parking in Aldershot, Farnborough and North Camp, and the machines are switched off
  • The council will no longer be issuing parking permits or visitor permits - please continue to use your existing annual permits even if they have expired.
  • Penalty charge notices (PCNs) will no longer be issued. 
  • The council are asking residents to be considerate of others when parking and to make sure that emergency service vehicles are able to get access to all roads.

Waverley Borough Council 

  • Waverley Borough Council is temporarily suspending parking enforcement in all of its car parks.

Councillor Nick Palmer, Portfolio Holder for Operational and Enforcement Services at Waverley Borough Council, said:

“We really want to do our bit to support those who are helping our community.

"We hope this gesture will give people one less thing to worry about during this challenging time.

“However, I’d like to remind people that they should only be going out if it is absolutely necessary."

Woking Borough Council

  • All council-owned car parks will remain open and operate free of charge during this period.
  • All permit holders, both car park and on-street residential will have their permits automatically extended to cover the period where parking is provided for free
  • The council will not be processing new car park or residential parking permit applications during this period.
  • Parking wardens will only enforce parking in the interests of public safety.
  • For further parking enquiries email parking@woking.gov.uk

Surrey Heath Borough Council 

  • Knoll Road multi-storey car park will be closed from 8pm today (27 March)
  • The open-air surface area of this car park will remain open. 
  • All other council-owned car parks will remain open and operate free of charge
  • All permit holders will have their permits automatically extended to cover the period where parking is provided for free.
  • The council will not be processing new car park or residential parking permit applications during this period.
  • Parking wardens will only enforce parking in the interests of public safety.