Parking remains temporarily free at council-run car parks in Burnham-On-Sea during the ongoing lockdown, it has been confirmed this week.
Somerset County Council suspended parking enforcement across the county shortly after the start of the lockdown, standing down its Civil Enforcement team in line with Government guidance.
While limited parking patrols are taking place in tourist hotspots such as Burnham this week, the suspension of parking charges remains, although it is being reviewed.
“The enforcement suspension allowed the County Council to redeploy officers to support community work, such as helping shop for foods and collect medicines for vulnerable people,” says a spokesman.
“The Council continues to urge all drivers who have to go out, only to park in permitted areas, such as parking bays, car parks and uncontrolled areas.”
“No payment at on-street pay and display machines is required for the time being. Parking areas with time limits near essential shops and pharmacies should be respected to allow access by drivers undertaking essential journeys.”
“It is vital that drivers do not block the path of emergency vehicles and others involved in delivering services to those in need. Some Civil Enforcement Officers remain available to deal with any parking problems that could affect key access routes to premises such as hospitals and supermarkets.”
“There are no changes to residents’ parking areas. We would ask everyone to park sensibly and considerately.”
“For residents who hold annual permits for their vehicles that remain valid during the current pandemic these will be extended for the period of the suspension once enforcement activity recommences.”
Sedgemoor District Council is also temporarily not charging for parking in its car parks, and this is also under review.