Local residents going to Sherborne House in Newton Abbot for their Covid-19 vaccinations will continue to be able to park nearby for free following a new agreement reached with the NHS by Teignbridge District Council.
The designated vaccination parking will move from Halcyon Road which has been used until now to the Council’s Cricketfield Car Park where a dedicated, barrier controlled free parking area will be allocated.
As part of the improved plans, people in wheelchairs or with severe mobility issues will be able to use for free the small car park next to Sherborne House in Kingsteignton Road.
As lockdown restrictions are lifted and more businesses are allowed to open, the agreement not only supports the NHS and the drive to vaccinate local people but it also supports local businesses with shoppers and traders being able to use the Halcyon Road short stay carpark.
The larger long stay Cricketfield car park is only 25 metres further from Sherborne House. Its size means that that local people will be able to continue to use part of it while space is kept for those attending for vaccinations. The additional parking in Kingsteignton Road will significantly shorten the journey for those in wheelchairs and those with severe mobility issues.
The new arrangements will be marshalled by volunteers coordinated by The Rotary Club.
Executive Member for Corporate Resources Cllr Richard Keeling said: “This arrangement balances the different demands for car parking in the town – free spaces for those being vaccinated at Sherborne House while minimising disruption to local traders and shoppers as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
“We are also pleased that we have been able to help those attending vaccinations with mobility issues by making available free space in the car park in Kingsteignton Road next to Sherborne House.
“The Council is committed to supporting the NHS and the vaccination programme as well as supporting the return of business activity as part of our recovery planning efforts. We would like to thank the Rotary Club for their help in implementing these arrangements”
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