Free parking extended for NHS staff in Barking and Dagenham

Free parking for NHS staff and certain key workers has been extended in Barking and Dagenham because of the second national lockdown.

The key worker parking permit scheme was introduced for the first shutdown last year and was due to end this month.

It will now continue until March 31.

All NHS staff and key workers, such as carers, volunteers, teachers, police and some frontline council staff can park in Barking and Dagenham car parks and in resident and paid bays for free.

The council said it has issued more than 2,000 free parking permits, including 1,500 for NHS workers, since April.

Councillor Margaret Mullane, cabinet member for community safety said: “Throughout the pandemic, our NHS staff and key workers have gone over and beyond to ensure we have all been kept as safe as possible, so I am delighted that we have decided to extend the offer until the end of March.

“I would like to thank them all once again for the incredible work they continue to do day in and day out.”

Current key worker permits will be automatically extended. Anyone who believes that they are entitled to a free parking permit can apply at www.lbbd.gov.uk/free-parking-for-key-workers-and-frontline-staff

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Rachael Burford

Local Democracy Reporter