Council car park fees return to town in next step to normality

Drivers using Sleaford’s car parks are encouraged to maintain safe social distancing and show consideration for others as they get busier with shops and businesses re-opening.

Eastgate car park. Fees will return from July 1 in Sleaford. EMN-200623-180147001
Eastgate car park. Fees will return from July 1 in Sleaford. EMN-200623-180147001

From Wednesday, July 1, charging resumes across all of the town’s council-run car parks after a period of around three months during which charging was suspended.

There will now be a need to pay and display; failure to do so will once again run the risk of a fine.

Cash, card and contactless payments are accepted across all machines.

Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Coun Richard Wright said Government advice was to walk or cycle if possible, but to use private transport in preference to public transport.

“If driving to Sleaford, we’d encourage the use of car parks rather than the limited on-street parking as this will help maintain social distancing on pavements and side streets,” he said.

“Businesses have successfully responded to the challenge of opening up safely, giving customers and staff confidence that they are safe, secure and welcome in their premises and this is the next step in returning normality.

“Customers have responded brilliantly and now I would encourage them to use ccontactless payment if they can.”

Also, where there is the need to queue and maintain safe distancing, people are reminded to make sure they buy enough time to cover this added delay.