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Havering Council introduces free parking to help high streets reopen

Havering Council is providing free parking for four weeks to help support the borough’s high streets and town centres as they reopen again.

Parking fees in all council car parks and on-street parking bays in the London Borough of Havering will be suspended daily from 12 April 2021 until and including 9 May 2021.

This is in addition to the free parking on Sundays that is already in place, which will continue after that time.

The council also provides a ‘Havering Heroes’ parking permit for NHS and other key workers and this has been extended until 21 June 2021.

This enables these workers to park in resident bays and council car parks free for up to three hours during the week and at weekends.

With non-essential businesses now open, the council wants to support residents to shop local and boost local businesses as they recover from the impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Commenting, Leader of Havering Council, Councillor Damian White said: “I am delighted that our council is able to support our high streets and town centres by introducing free parking for four weeks.

“Throughout this pandemic, we have supported numerous businesses with financial grants.

"Meanwhile, our public protection teams will continue to help businesses remain open safely under the guidelines.

“We are also asking residents to support our local businesses and shop in our high streets and town centres, but to do so safely.

“As the vaccine rollout continues successfully and cases drop further, we are on our way to better days ahead as we recover from the pandemic.

“Not only does free parking help our residents to shop local, it will hopefully provide a welcome boost to Havering businesses after such challenging times.”

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