Key workers can get free parking with new temporary permit scheme

Published Monday, 18th May 2020

Red and Blue car parked side by side

Key workers carrying out essential work during the Coronavirus pandemic can now apply for a free temporary permit that allows them to park in all the borough’s council owned car parks and bays.

Over 180 emergency services (police, ambulance and fire brigade) workers, NHS staff and volunteers helping with the Coronavirus pandemic have already applied for the key worker parking permit, which allows them free parking for up to three months, in or on:

  • pay to park bays on street (e.g. pay and display bays)
  • Council-operated car parks
  • short-stay parking bays
  • resident permit bays

Key worker permit holders are unable to park in or on the following:

  • loading bays
  • footway (including the pavement)
  • single or double yellow lines
  • bus stops
  • zig-zag markings
  • disabled persons parking bays

Key workers should visit our permits page to apply. The permits are virtual, so no paperwork is needed. Successful applicants will have their vehicle registration number logged onto the patrol system.

Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “We are pleased to offer this three month key worker parking permit, which should allow our amazing key workers across the Borough to get around the town to carry out essential work, and make their own lives a little easier at this difficult time.

“We want to show our appreciation and thanks to the amazing work each and every one of you are doing, so please do get in touch if this permit applies to you.”

The temporary permits are valid for three months at a time. Applicants will need to re-apply once their permit has expired. The scheme and its terms and conditions will be regularly monitored and reviewed.

View a full list of key workers on the GOV.UK website.