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Changes to parking restrictions in Watford

From Tuesday 24 March, Watford Borough Council have suspended enforcement of the council’s off road car parks, the town’s permit bays, pay and display bays and shared use bays, and has introduced a number of changes to how parking is managed across Watford. This will support residents throughout this difficult time and provide key workers with what they need to keep essential services running smoothly.

The suspended enforcement means that key workers, and residents may use any of the towns on street residential, shared use and permit parking bays without the fear of being fined. The council’s off road car parks are now also free to use (Avenue, Bushey Arches, Harebreaks, Longspring, Town Hall, Timberlake and Watford Business Park). Residents and businesses who know of any space in the borough that is underused and could be repurposed for essential worker parking are asked to contact parking@watford.gov.uk.

In order to ensure that we keep road users, vulnerable residents and those providing an essential services safe, we will continue to enforce yellow lines. The decision to continue enforcement of the yellow lines on junctions and for access is because it is vital that emergency services, delivery drivers, carers visiting vulnerable members of the community are able to still access residential areas, supermarkets and the hospital. Where a single yellow line is not protecting a junction or access area then it will not be subject to enforcement.

Enforcement of the town centre and all main routes leading to it will also continue to ensure traffic flow and access. The Parking Service can still be contacted during standard office hours for any general enquiries on 01923 278 890.

In light of the government instructions the following enforcement arrangements have also been reviewed and amended:

• Parking and business permits - Permits that expire from the 24 March 2020 are not subject to enforcement and it is not necessary to renew them during this period
• Pay and display - There is no requirement for motorists to purchase pay and display tickets as of 24 March 2020
• Visitor Vouchers - It is not necessary to purchase a visitor voucher from the 24 March until further notice

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “I want to make sure that we can do all we can to support key workers in our town. That's why we have decided to lift some of our on street parking restrictions to make it easier for residents who are working from home to find a place to park. As well as this, we are also allowing people to park for free in council operated car parks. These are exceptional circumstances and we want to support local key workers in any way we can, whilst at the same time making sure emergency vehicles can access our roads. I hope this is a real help to people in our town at this difficult time. ”

While parking enforcement is being scaled back, a presence will be maintained to protect the changes that have been introduced for key workers/residents and to deal with dangerous and obstructive parking that could disrupt essential journeys through the borough. The council's parking offer will continue to be assessed as the situation changes in order to best meet the needs of the services that are working so hard under the current challenging circumstances.

More information on the changes to Watford’s parking restrictions can be found at www.watford.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.watford.gov.uk/COVID-Parking