Yesterday we announced that we are putting plans into place to re-open some of our green space car parks. This latest development followed the announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday that the government were relaxing some of the coronavirus rules on lockdown.
From today (Wednesday 13 May), changes to rules mean that people are now allowed to drive to undertake outdoor exercise. The restriction on only going outdoors to exercise once a day, has also been lifted, provided social distancing guidelines are still followed.
We have already started to open some of our popular local green spaces car parks for residents and visitors to use. This is on a trial basis and we ask that people don’t rush all at once to use them, which would cause crowding and make social distancing very difficult.
Cllr John Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection said:
“We’re pleased to be able to trial the opening of some of our green space car parks from today, as we appreciate that having access to these spaces is very important for many of our residents and visitors.
“The safety of residents is our top priority and we’re asking that people don’t suddenly rush to visit our car parks, which could lead to a build-up of traffic; it would also put pressure on our facilities and would make social distancing more difficult.
“To support our car parks to remain open, we ask that you take some simple steps. Please only leave your car in a marked bay and do not queue in your car or circulate for a parking space if the car park is full. Please try again later. Everyone must adhere to social distancing when getting in and out of their car and when on walks, remaining 2 metres away and keeping dogs on leads. Play areas remain closed and must not be used.
“The Look Out car park will continue to be closed for safety reasons. This will be kept under review following the reopening of the other car parks in the borough.”