Parking charges in car parks owned and managed by Tewkesbury Borough Council will resume on Monday 13 July.

Charges were temporarily suspended on Tuesday 24 March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but as government restrictions are gradually being lifted, car parking charges will soon resume.

With most non-essential retail stores reopening on Monday 15 June, the borough council will continue to suspend parking charges for a further four weeks after this date to allow traders and shoppers to become accustomed to the new safety arrangements. Following almost 16 weeks of free parking, charges will resume on Monday 13 July.

The council is urging anyone parking after 13 July to use the Ringo app on a mobile device to avoid handling cash, and there is also the option to call the Ringo number to pay over the phone. This service is now free to use.

Another option is for shoppers to use the Paypoints in Tewkesbury and Winchcombe, where parking can be paid for using a contactless card. When using Paypoint locations, drivers must take note of the car park number, found on the ticket machines and lamposts.

Councillor Robert Vines, lead member for finance and asset management said: “We hope that shoppers and traders find the extended free parking useful as they familiarise themselves with the changes put in place to make our high streets safer.

“The charges will resume on 13 July, so in preparation, I would urge drivers to use the cashless payment system and download the Ringo app – this is the safest and most convenient way to pay. Other options are to call the Ringo number and pay over the telephone or use the PayPoints located in nearby shops.”

The council has also temporarily increased the number of parking permits available to help residents who need off-street parking whilst working from home. For details of prices and to apply for a permit, visit: tewkesbury.gov.uk/parking-permits

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