Shropshire drivers urged to consider health workers when parking in residential areas

By Rory Smith | Coronavirus | Published:

The Shropshire public is being urged to park considerably to ensure there is space for NHS staff, carers and other key workers in residential areas.

Frankwell Car Park in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council has issued a plea for people to use its car parks when possible, which it made free for all users from Saturday until further notice throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

With most people following the Government instruction to stay at home, many residential streets are full of parked cars – making it hard for people to find somewhere to park near to their home on their return from work, especially in areas with terraced housing.

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Steve Davenport, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This is an opportunity for people to help their neighbours and communities by ensuring that parking spaces are available for those that most need them.

"Last week we made all Shropshire Council car parks free to use, to help our NHS staff, care workers and other key workers, and to help those to need to make essential journeys for food or medical reasons.

“However, it will help our key workers even further if people can keep on-street parking spaces free for those who need them most, and to park their vehicles in one of the council’s car parks.

"For example, if you live in Mountfields in Shrewsbury, you can now park for free in Frankwell car park instead. There are many similar examples in our other market towns.

“This will also help to reduce congestion and incidences of dangerous parking, due to the number of people now staying at home.”

Rory Smith

By Rory Smith
Reporter - @rorysmith_star

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's head office in Ketley, Telford.

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