Barking and Dagenham Council introduced 30-minute free parking throughout lockdown
From today (Monday, 15 June), residents will only be able to park for five minutes and visitors will need to start using their visitor permits.
Barking and Dagenham Council had introduced 30-minute free parking for all residents and visitors throughout lockdown, to aid those looking after others, by dropping off food and medicine.
The parking enforcement return falls in line with non-essential shops re-opening.
For the first two weeks parking enforcement officers will only be issuing warnings to people if they stay between five and 30 minutes.
Tickets will continue to be issued if they stay more than 30 minutes.
From Monday, 29 June, the council will then start enforcing in full again if people stay longer than five minutes.
Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, Councillor Margaret Mullane said: “As life starts to get back to normal, more people will be on the road, which means there will be more people from in and outside the borough trying to park in residents’ spaces.
“We have to start enforcing again to make sure residents can park in the spaces they’re paying for, to keep the roads safe and to stop people from outside the borough using our streets as one big car park.”
The council has also provided over 1,350 free parking permits for NHS staff, frontline workers and volunteers throughout lockdown.
Councillor Mullane added: “I’m really pleased that we will be continuing our free parking permits for NHS staff, frontline workers and volunteers at least until the end of July, when we will review the situation.
“I’d like to thank every single one of them for the fantastic work they’re doing at keeping us all safe.”
Any essential workers who feel they should have a free permit, including BD CAN volunteers, can apply online by visiting here.
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