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Parking charges to resume in Walsall from July 1

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | Coronavirus | Published: | Last Updated:

Parking charges will resume in Walsall from July 1.

The council's civil enforcement officers are issuing advisory notices to draw people’s attention to where parking rules have been broken.

But full enforcement and parking charges will resume from July 1.

Councillor Adrian Andrew, deputy leader of Walsall Council said: “I’m really pleased that many of our local businesses are now able to trade again – the last few months have been so difficult for them.

"This does mean though, that the streets are becoming busier and ensuring routes are kept clear and people are not negatively affected by inconsiderate parking is especially important.

“The rules and regulations are there for good reasons - to keep our community safe and free from hazards that can be caused by vehicles parked where they shouldn’t be, as well as to protect spaces for our vulnerable road users, such as blue badge holders.

“We would much prefer not to have to take enforcement action at this time, but we continue to have a responsibility to local communities in maintaining control of parking. So, the message is clear; please do not abuse parking restrictions such as yellow lines, red routes, bus lanes and the zig-zag markings on crossings and outside schools, as it is dangerous and you may be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.

“All four Black Country authorities offered temporary suspension of car parking charges to support motorists during these difficult times but those suspensions are now coming to an end.”

Walsall Council will continue to provide free of charge parking for NHS key workers who display their employer’s key worker permit.

Motorists using council run car parking facilities are encouraged to use the pay by phone option to avoid unnecessary contact with the pay and display machines. Those who choose to use the payment machines are encouraged to take sensible safety precautions.

Councillor Andrew added: “I’d like to thank the people of Walsall in advance for their assistance and cooperation. Please do come back to our high streets to support your local traders, but make sure you park safely and legally.”

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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