Free Parking to Continue Across SWT Area and Potential 'Hour Free' in the Future

From Taunton to Minehead, free parking will continue across the Somerset West & Taunton (SWT) area to help support businesses who are starting their attempts to recover from Covid 19. 

Cllr Mike Rigby, Executive Member for Planning and Transport, announced to Somerset West & Taunton Full Council [07/07] that this would go on until the end of August and will be subject to a review nearer the time about whether there is a need for this to be extended or not. Cllr Rigby also announced his intention to look towards pilot car parks in the district to test an 'hour free' incentive as part of looking forward long-term to help bring shoppers back to the town centre - more to be announced on this soon.  

It must be made clear that the free parking is only applicable to SWT-owned car parks and all on-street parking controlled by Somerset County Council have resumed charging. Private car parks are subject to the will of the owner. 

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