A message from Waverley Borough Councillor Nick Palmer.
My Labour colleague George Wilson suggested to me (as the portfolio-holder for parking) that we should make Waverley’s car parks free of charge for carers, NHS staff and other essential workers.
I was initially sceptical because the council is staring into a financial pit with everything that’s going on, but on reflection, I agreed that it made sense not to charge the very people who come to our area to help us. In addition, my LibDem colleague Paul Follows said that in many areas people were actually struggling to park on-street because everyone’s at home! – so it really makes sense to welcome these vital visitors to our car parks.
John Ward, the Farnham Resident council leader, pointed out that it would avoid endless bureaucracy and hassle if we simply made them free till further notice to anyone who needs them. The other Executive members swiftly agreed, as did the leader of the Conservative Opposition, Julia Potts, so it will take effect from tonight – a nice example of cross-party cooperation at this challenging time for us all.
Best Wishes Nick.
But just remember this is not an open invitation to get into your cars just for the sake of it. We are urged to isolate and only make journeys for food, and the pharmacy.