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Reintroduction of car park charges

Resident parking restrictions will not be enforced for now

Campus East car park Welwyn Garden City. Image a screenshot from Google maps

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) says it will begin charging for its car parks and enforcing town centre parking restrictions from Monday 15 June.

The change follows the waiving of charges over recent months in response to the changing coronavirus situation.

It includes the business permits and time-limited waiting restrictions that apply in Hatfield car parks and on-street in Welwyn Garden City.

The council says The Common car park in Hatfield is closed but there will be alternative parking in Fourways, the new temporary car park, which can be accessed through Kennelwood Lane car park.

The local authority says visitors to Welwyn Garden City car parks should download the Paybyphone mobile app in order to avoid queuing or the need to touch the payment machines.

The council says it will pay the standard 15p charged each time someone uses the app to park until further notice. If you do not have a smartphone you can call 0800 546 0601 and quote the location code which can be found on the tariff signs in the car park.

The council says it is cleaning machines on a regular basis but cannot clean surfaces each time they are touched. It recommends visitors use gloves or their own sanitiser.

Resident permit schemes will not be enforced at this time because WHBC says it recognises that many people are still working from home. Resident permits will be extended for the period the restrictions are not enforce.

But the council will continue to enforce double yellow lines, obstructive or dangerous parking, disabled parking bays, loading bays and time-limited parking bays in on-street parking to “ensure that we protect road users, vulnerable residents and those providing essential services”.

The government has introduced a coronavirus Covid-19 Parking Pass for NHS staff, health and social care workers and NHS volunteers.

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