Enforcement officers return to public car parks in Moorlands

ENFORCEMENT officers are returning to monitor public car parks across the Staffordshire Moorlands (SMDC) after being absent during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many councils have adopted a free parking policy during lockdown with pay machines covered to discourage anyone touching them.

However, SMDC have kept parking charges in place in an attempt to discourage "large social gatherings".

The Government has made funding available to local authorities to help cover the financial implications of the pandemic.

A nationwide parking permit scheme for NHS staff and key workers is also in place, which SMDC has supported.

An SMDC spokesperson explained there has not been a specific grant to cover the costs of suspending car parking charges.

“The Government funding awarded to councils is the general emergency allocation to recognise the significant financial implications that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the council’s finances – of which the loss of car parking fees is just a small part.

“The grant will go towards meeting part of the overall costs to the council of responding to the emergency but not all,” added the spokesperson.

“Following the Government’s easing of restrictions, we will be reinstating enforcement at our car parks, to support our partners in discouraging large gatherings and to reinforce the guidance that contact with others outside your household should be minimised, and social distancing measures still need to be adhered to.”

Picture: High Street car park in Leek.


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