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Dorset Council suspends charges in their car parks to support

key workers and residents

(30th March) Dorset Council has taken the decision to suspend parking charges in its car parks across the county during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following calls from the general public and Dorset’s elected members, the Council will no longer require payment for the use of any of its car parks that remain open at this time while public health measures are in place. However, on-street parking charges and restrictions will remain in place in order to keep roads clear and traffic moving. The decision to suspend off-street car park charges will help residents to park for free while residential roads are full of vehicles during the current “lockdown”. The aim is to get people not parking in the side roads whilst they are staying indoors, so they can move their cars from the road to the car parks. By encouraging the movement of the cars from the street to these car parks we can provide better access for NHS workers, social carers and volunteers supporting the vulnerable in their communities. It will improve access for emergency and bin collection vehicles and provide options for residents who need to travel to buy essential food and groceries. Beach car parks and those at other tourist spots that have already been closed will remain shut until further notice. Dorset Council will continue to ask people not to drive to these places and/or congregate in groups in order to comply with public health guidance and not spread the virus.

Salt/Grit for icy conditions and Sandbags

Salt/Grit bins are available outside the Village Hall and close to the Church. In case of

flooding, the village now has a supply of sandbags. If you are unlucky enough to require

use of these at some time in the future please contact Doug Morse on 01300 345707 to

find out how to obtain sandbags.  The village Flood Warden is Doug Morse (tel: 01300

345707) or e-mail floodwarden@sky.com

Bus Passes

More information at https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/bus/national-bus-

pass-concessionary-travel

Parking Permits

Those of us lucky enough to have a car to get around often get exasperated when we

haven't enough small change for the fee.  Did you know that there is a Shopper's Permit

which allows 2 hours parking, or three hours if a disabled badge is also displayed,

(limited to one use a day) in several short stay car parks  in West Dorset – Dorchester,

Sherborne, Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis? You need to look on the board at the

entrance  to make sure the permit is allowed,  These permits are available from the

tourist office but you need to take the car's registration document along with you.  You

can also now purchase or renew a permit online at

www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/parking/permit-for-west-dorset-shoppers 

Permits are priced from £16 for one vehicle or £18.50 for two vehicles for each six

month period.  The website has been designed to work on smartphones, tablets and

desktops, enabling you to carry out transactions at a time and place that suits you. The

fully automated service will also send you a reminder when your permit is due to expire.

     Buckland Newton Parish Council
in the heart of rural Dorset