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An app to enable shoppers and workers in Bromsgrove to pay for their parking remotely is set to be introduced from Monday 3rd August, alongside reinstated parking charges.

Parking charges were suspended following the Prime Minister’s lockdown announcement in March but are now being reinstated as shops and restaurants begin reopening with social distancing measures in place.

In light of the current pandemic, the introduction of the ‘pay by app’ gives people a cash free, contactless option. Users will however, be able to choose how they pay for their parking and can do this via the new Mi Permit App or they can pay by cash if they prefer.

Full risk assessments have been carried out ahead of the reinstatement and sites will be regularly cleaned as part of the measures. Signs relating to social distancing and hand-sanitising or washing guidelines will also be around to remind users to stay safe.

Permit users can now renew via the council website or over the phone through the Customer Services Team. NHS and social care workers will not have to pay for parking, when charges are introduced, as long as their relevant passes are displayed at Council pay and display sites.

From July 31st, visitors can download and access the Bromsgrove Mi Permit app for free on their phones or tablets via both android and iOS app stores.

More information about the app is available here: https://www.mipermit.com/

Bromsgrove District Council Leader Karen May said: “With shops and restaurants reopening and parking charges returning across the district from August 3, I am pleased that we are able to offer our residents the choice to pay using a contactless system or in the usual way, depending on what they feel is safest.

“We are one of the last local authorities in Worcestershire to reinstate the charges and the income from parking makes up a noticeable slice of our income which allows us to maintain our car parks, so that they are safe and in good repair, and spend our budget on services for all of our residents to enjoy instead.”

Please note that unfortunately the Mi Permit app will not be available for visitors parking in Asda Car Park and Churchfields Car Park due to these machines operating on a separate, non-compatible system. Hand sanitiser will be available at these pay on foot car parks for visitors to use once they have touched the pay stations.