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An app to enable shoppers and workers in Bromsgrove, to pay for their parking remotely, is set to be introduced following an urgent decision yesterday.

This coincides with Bromsgrove District Council’s plans to reintroduce car parking charges next month, when the app is available, after they were suspended following the Prime Minister’s lock-down announcement.

Users will also be able to pay by cash for their parking if they choose, supported by full risk assessments carried out in advance.

 Sites will be regularly cleaned as part of the measures, which also include signs relating to social distancing and hand-sanitising or washing guidelines. In light of the current pandemic, the introduction of the pay by app gives people another cash free option.

 While permits cannot be currently renewed, users will be able to display their current permits until September 1st this year, with no further charge. 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.

Bromsgrove District Council Leader Karen May said: “Yesterday Members approved the recommendation to launch the App which can be used on pay and display car parks only, providing users with a choice on how to pay.

“Whilst we are one of the last local authorities in Worcestershire to reinstate the charges, the income from parking makes up a noticeable slice of our income and enables us to maintain the car parks, keeping them safe and in good repair.

"This also means we can spend our budget on services for all of our residents to enjoy, while keeping our Council Tax increases to a minimum.

 “I am delighted that we are still able to recognise the work of our frontline NHS and social care workers by offering them free parking on our Pay and Display car parks, as long as they put the relevant passes on show.”

 More details on car parking charges are on our website, which will be updated regularly.