Car park and town centre enforcement to restart as lockdown eases
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will begin charging in car parks and enforcing town centre restrictions again from Monday, 15 June.
This includes the business permits and time limited waiting restrictions that apply in Hatfield car parks* and on-street in Welwyn Garden City.
It follows the council's decision on 30 March to assist critical key workers to be able to park for free so that they could continue to provide essential services.
In that time the government has introduced a scheme to provide free parking for all NHS workers across the country. The borough's NHS staff, including health and social care workers and NHS volunteer responders, will continue to receive free parking whilst on duty by displaying their parking pass.
Visitors to the council's car parks in WGC are urged to download the Paybyphone mobile app, which is an easy way to pay for parking without queuing for or touching the machines. The council until further notice will pay the standard 15p that is charged each time someone uses the app to park.
If you do not have a smart phone, you can call 0800 546 0601 and quote the location code which can be found on the tariff signs in the car park.
Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Planning and Environment at Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, said:
It was really important for us during the peak of the virus that we supported our communities wherever possible, and providing free or unrestricted parking was one of the ways we were able to do that.
As government begins to lift lockdown measures and businesses reopen, we expect our town centres to see more traffic again and felt the timing was right to reintroduce enforcement to ensure the regular turnover of spaces in our shopping areas.
We're working hard to support the recovery of our high streets, helping businesses to reopen safely and ensuring they can access the financial support available.
Signage will be put in place around Hunters Bridge to alert people to a new one-way system that will operate in the stairwells. The council will also put extra cleaning in place, but ask that residents continue to take their own precautions and follow all government guidance on staying safe.
Recognising that many people are still working from home, the council is continuing not to enforce resident permit schemes at this time.
To find out more about the government permit scheme for NHS workers, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-health-care-and-volunteer-workers-parking-pass-and-concessions/covid-19-health-care-and-volunteer-workers-parking-pass-and-concessions
*The Common car park in Hatfield is now closed. Alternative parking is provided in the new temporary car park Fourways, accessed through Kennelwood Lane car park.