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Car parks made available free of charge for key workers

Published: 25 March 2020

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Three city centre car parks will be free of charge for key workers.

Howell Road, Magdalen Road and Triangle car parks are providing 24/7 free parking for designated key workers.

Mary Arches Street and John Lewis car parks have been closed. The Guildhall remains open and is free for those visiting Sainsbury’s in the adjacent shopping centre to collect essential food items and prescriptions.

Devon County Council on-street residential permits are being accepted in City Council surface car parks within the residential zone area – for example, Newtown permits will provide free parking in the Triangle, Belmont Road and Parr Street car parks.

Normal regulations apply at other sites. From Friday, they will be card and phone payments only (no cash).

Meanwhile, enforcement of on-street and off-street parking is being co-ordinated in parts of the county to ensure self-isolating residents and those working from home can find a parking space.

Devon County Council announced on Monday that it is temporarily relaxing its on-street parking enforcement on certain types of routes.

Enforcement is being stood down on streets with limited waiting bays, residents' parking areas and on-street pay and display – apart from those areas near key outlets such as chemists and supermarkets. No waiting restrictions such as double yellow lines and single yellow lines, which are designed to keep routes clear, are still being enforced.

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