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NHS staff and keyworkers are being encouraged to apply for free parking permits from their employers

Published Tuesday, 9th June 2020

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NHS and health and social care workers in Melton are being encouraged to apply via their employer for a new Government digital parking permit so that they can park for free with no time limits when undertaking official duties.

The downloadable paper-based permit for NHS staff, health and social care workers and NHS volunteer responders should be displayed clearly in vehicle windscreens.

Passes will be made available through NHS Trusts, local authorities responsible for social care and the Royal Volunteering Society.

Parking charges for residents and visitors will be reintroduced on June 15 for Melton Borough Council car parks after pausing due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In order to reduce contact with ticketing machines in the car parks, residents and visitors can now use their mobile phone to pay for parking in Council-owned car parks – and also top up their parking time remotely if they wish to stay in town longer.

Melton Borough Council has teamed up with PayByPhone to enable the scheme in its 7 council car parks in the town centre.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson said: “We have waived all parking fees for over two months but we feel that, with the gradual easing of lockdown, now is the appropriate time for them to be reintroduced. We hope that residents will understand that while we have done our best to support their essential journeys by introducing free parking during the lockdown until now, the resulting loss of income will have long term impacts on the Council’s finances and our ability to sustain the services we deliver to our residents.

At this time it continues to be important to make parking as easy as possible for NHS and health and social care workers who need to use their cars for work purposes. I’d encourage workers who think they are eligible to speak to their employers straight away so that they can make use of the free parking available to them.

We also want to minimise the risk for residents and visitors so that they don’t have to touch the surfaces other people have touched and we want to avoid them queuing in close quarters so we are pleased to introduce the new PayByPhone app that eliminates the need to touch the ticket machines.”

In addition to the ticket machines, residents will be able to pay for parking on their phones, through the PayByPhone app, or by calling a telephone number which will be displayed on signs in the car park. The Extend-From-Anywhere feature allows PayByPhone users to extend their parking sessions remotely, in accordance with the car parks’ terms and conditions. PayByPhone users can use the Extend-From-Anywhere service without any additional transaction fees and can additionally choose to pay for text messages that reminds them before a parking session expires.

Download the PayByPhone app for free; registration is very simple and takes less than 30 seconds. Drivers can also use the app to locate the nearest PayByPhone parking location anywhere in the country. You can, download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store, or visit the PayByPhone website paybyphone.co.uk.

 

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For more information please contact:

Communications@melton.gov.uk