ON STREET PARKING RESTRICTIONS TO BE REINTRODUCED ACROSS BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

With the re-opening many shops and businesses on Monday 15 June, road traffic will increase and Buckinghamshire Council will reinstate all of the on-street parking restrictions that were relaxed on 27 March to give key workers easier access to essential services during the coronavirus crisis. Parking enforcement on single yellow lines, limited waiting areas, and residents’ bays will recommence from next Monday.

David Martin, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Logistics, said: “Drivers across the county have acted very responsibly over recent weeks whilst on-street parking restrictions have been relaxed. However, with our high streets re-opening and the likelihood of a significant increase in the number of vehicles on the roads, it is necessary to reinstate all parking restrictions from Monday 15 June.

“Enforcement officers will ensure that drivers abide by parking restrictions on our high streets and residential areas; keeping them safer for all road users; and ensuring access for delivery vehicles and emergency services.

“On-street pay and display parking at all 84 Buckinghamshire Council car parks (except country parks) will remain free of charge for a short while longer; and I encourage anyone who has to drive and park, to make use of them.

“As a council, we have made every effort during the last few weeks to support residents in a variety of ways and will continue to do so. If any residents have concerns about parking as we recommence enforcement, please contact: transportforbuckinghamshire@nsl.co.uk or parkingqueries@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or call 0343 208 5544.”

Recycling centres in Bucks have now reached their ‘new normal’ ​

With the reopening of the remaining four of Buckinghamshire’s household recycling centres on May 29 using local traffic control schemes to manage any queuing, the full recycling centre network has now been running for over a week and has settled into its ‘new normal’ mode of operating.

Due to the social distancing requirements, sites can only provide half their usual number of parking spaces. Despite this, across the whole network visitor numbers are only down 20% from usual levels for this time of year. This high level of service is possible because people are finding less busy times when there’s some spare capacity, and they’re also sorting their waste beforehand so that each visit doesn’t take so long.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Climate Change, said: “Our household recycling centres welcomed 70,000 visitors in May, and I’d like to thank residents for adapting to the ‘new normal’ when they visit: for being patient when queuing is necessary, for respecting staff, and for maintaining social distancing when at the site.

“As this is how the sites will be operating for the foreseeable future, I’d ask people to please be considerate of  local residents and businesses, and do their best to avoid times when queues build up and might cause inconvenience – we publish current waiting times for each site on the relevant website page. It’s especially important that people avoid queuing when it might cause a traffic hazard to other road users – please come back another time, or go to a different site if that’s possible.”

To check site waiting times go to the Buckinghamshire Council website.

 

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