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Parking initiative announced to support Havering businesses

A new parking app will give people a 20 per cent discount on all parking charges 

Havering Council has announced a “stop and shop” initiative to help local businesses recover following the coronavirus crisis. 

The council suspended parking charges when lockdown began but will be resuming them from Monday, 13 July.

However, all council car parks and on-street parking bays will be free of charge every Sunday starting from Monday, 3 August. 

There will also be one hour free parking in more than 1,000 on-street parking bays from Monday to Saturday. 

A new parking app, RingGo, is being launched which will give people a 20 per cent discount on all parking charges when using contactless payment via app, mobile phone or text. 

NHS and care staff will also benefit from a new Havering Heroes permit which will grant them free parking until the threat of Covid-19 reduces significantly or a vaccine is available.

“We have worked hand-in-hand with businesses to help our town centres become Covid-secure and ready to recover. As confidence returns to the high street, so will residents and just as we all came together to fight the pandemic, we must remain united to support local businesses,” said Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White. 

“This will be the first of many measures the council will announce over the next few weeks to support the high street, businesses and the borough in its recovery.

“It will include a new campaign to encourage residents to #LoveHaveringShops and changes to our high streets to help shoppers maintain social distancing while enjoying our local shops.

“These initiatives support local businesses and give residents confidence that they can come to park, shop and enjoy our high streets safely.

“I am also extremely proud of our new Havering Heroes permit. We must not allow the life-saving work of our key workers to go unrecognised and our permit is a thank you for the sacrifices they have made during Covid 19. I hope other councils follow our lead.”

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