Free parking for NHS and social care staff during COVID-19 crisis

By Anita Jaynes on 28 March, 2020

Swindon Borough Council have announced free parking will be available to all NHS and social care staff over the next few months.

The Council has joined other local authorities across the country in waiving parking charges as part of a joint campaign with the Local Government Association.

It also comes after the Council outlined a series of local measures designed to help residents during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

#HereForSwindon features 11 measures ranging from providing council tax relief and emergency household supplies for residents facing hardship from coronavirus through to a new volunteering scheme to help people who have no one to turn to.

All NHS and social care staff will be able to apply for a free permit, which will let them park for free in all of the Council’s surface level car parks and on-street pay and display parking bays.

The permit will initially be valid until Thursday 18th June.

The on-street parking bays available for staff to use are located in Wood Street and Market Square in Old Town; and Commercial Road, Harding Street and Sanford Street in the Town Centre. The scheme does not include barrier-controlled car parks.

NHS and social care staff can apply for their free permit by emailing PBusinessSupport@swindon.gov.uk and providing their name, email address, and a copy of either their staff ID, or paperwork confirming they work, or are volunteering for, the NHS or Social Care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councillor Maureen Penny, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and the Environment, said, “Our NHS and social care staff are doing an absolutely fantastic job for us locally here in Swindon and across the country in caring for those most affected by this pandemic.

“They are all heroes and I know each and every one of us appreciates the work they do, which was reflected in the show of support on Thursday night during the Clap for Carers tribute.

“I am pleased we are introducing the free parking for them at this time, it is the least we can do as a Council.”

Further information on the Council’s #HereForSwindon campaign can be found here.

Residents can get the latest updates on council services during the pandemic by visiting: www.swindon.gov.uk/coronavirus