Published 5th January 2021

NHS health and care workers carrying out essential work during the Coronavirus pandemic can now apply for a free temporary permit that allows them to park in all of Southend borough’s council-owned car parks and bays.

The NHS and care workers parking permit, allows them free parking up to the end of March 2021, in or on:

  • pay to park bays on street (e.g. pay and display bays)
  • Council-operated car parks
  • short-stay parking bays
  • resident permit bays

NHS and care worker permit holders are unable to park in or on the following:

  • loading bays
  • footway (including the pavement)
  • single or double yellow lines
  • bus stops
  • zig-zag markings
  • disabled persons parking bays

NHS and care workers should visit the council’s permits page to apply. The permits are virtual, so no paperwork is needed. Successful applicants will have their vehicle registration number logged onto the patrol system.

The council’s Labour-led joint administration is pleased to offer the NHS and care workers parking permit until the end of March, at which time the scheme will be reviewed. Cllr Ron Woodley, cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment, said: “This free permit scheme should allow our amazing key workers across the Borough to get around the town to carry out essential work, and make their own lives a little easier at this difficult time. The council wants to show its  appreciation and thanks to the amazing work each and every one of them is doing, so please do get in touch if this permit applies to you.”

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