Parking Charges Slashed for Christmas

Parking charges to be slashed over Christmas for shoppers , charities will get help for key workers supporting vulnerable people and Blue Badge holders.

Cabinet member with responsibility for parking, Cllr Dick Tonge announced the following recommendations when cabinet met today:

*An extra free hour for motorists when they pay for their car parking in car parks across the county from December 19 to December 24 (inclusive). Details and a token which is needed to receive one hour’s free parking will be given in the council’s next edition of Your Wiltshire magazine due out in November.

*Service permits will be extended to include registered charities that need to load and unload vehicles and peripatetic workers who deal with vulnerable people.

*Consistent arrangements will be made for Blue Badge holders which will mean a better deal for many.

Cllr Tonge said: “All residents in Wiltshire will receive this one free hour car parking voucher when their Your Wiltshire magazine drops through their door in November which will no doubt be a welcome boost for shoppers and traders in the run up to Christmas. “The service permits will make life easier for particular staff looking after vulnerable people working in charity shops and for those vehicles loading and unloading goods outside their premises. The changes to blue badge holders will also make them easier to use.”

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