Cllr Paul Kunes, Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, explained: "We wanted to acknowledge and thank those people who had to continue coming into town for their work, when many others were at home during lockdown. We provided priority car parks where they could park free of charge. Now that more people are returning to the workplace with the easing of some of the lockdown measures, we have to return to previous parking arrangements."
"We want to thank all those key workers for the amazing work they have done to keep people in West Norfolk served over the crucial first few weeks of this pandemic."
Signage offering the free parking on the Austin Fields East, and upper deck Vancouver Quarter (Sainsburys), in King's Lynn and Central Car Park in Hunstanton will be removed, with charges coming back in on Wednesday 20 May. A phased approach to enforcement will take place in these car parks to ensure that those workers who have been parking for free have a chance to get their permits renewed or to see the message that charges now apply.
Anyone who had/has an existing permit will have any subsequent permit extended by however many days were/are left on their current permit.
They should have already emailed firstname.lastname@example.org to register their request including their registration number and the current permit number within the email. When they have applied for their new permit they will need to email email@example.com with their new permit number along with their registration so that the new permit can be extended by the amount of days left on their old one.
The free parking permit that was announced by Government for NHS workers is still in operation. 477 such permits are in use across Norfolk (excluding Norwich). This scheme will remain in place until the Government revokes it.
In its continued support of the Covid-19 response, the council is also accommodating, free of charge, up to 10 Royal Mail vans in its car parks. These vans and staff have been drafted in to facilitate postal Covid19 test kits. There is no room for them to park in the post office yard, but they need to be able to park nearby.
On-street parking restrictions still apply across Norfolk and will be enforced as necessary. Parking in charges in all other car parks have remained in place throughout.