Charging will be reintroduced in Somerset West and Taunton (SWT) owned car parks from Monday 31 August.
The Council introduced free parking at the start of the Coronavirus lockdown and extended the offer as part of its wider plan to support the re-opening of High Streets and help rejuvenate the local economy.
It has taken the decision to start charging again in line with other district councils in Somerset, although key health workers who display permits provided by their NHS Trust can continue to park for free.
Cllr Mike Rigby, Executive Member for Planning and Transportation, said: “We want to do all we can to support shoppers and business, and are pleased that everyone was able to take advantage of free parking for five months. This generous offer was vital during the initial recovery stage as lockdown measures eased, and it was the right thing to do but we have lost revenue and now have to concentrate on economic and social recovery which is key to all our futures.”
Signage will be placed in the car parks reminding people that charges now apply.
All SWT car parks are now fully open except Paul Street Car Park where the top three levels remain closed until they can be opened safely under Covid-19 guidance.
SWT recently reopened levels 2 and 2A providing an additional 37 car parking spaces for Blue Badge holders and enabling the Shopmobility Taunton service to resume. The Shopmobility service run by Compass Disability Services, is open from 11.30am – 3.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. More information can be found on their website http://www.shopmobilitytaunton.org.uk/