Test Valley Borough Council chiefs have extended free parking until 22 July to help businesses and their customers through the initial reopening of the high street.
Parking will remain completely free up to and including 21 June. On Monday 22 June, the authority will introduce a new offer whereby customers will be able to park for free for up to two hours, with normal charges applying for those staying for longer periods.
The council will eventually resume standard charges on 22 July. This will be at the new rate that came into force from 1 April, which enables customers to park for two hours for £1. People will also be able to continue to park for free for up to four hours at Romsey Rapids.
Transport portfolio holder, Councillor Nick Adams-King said:
With town centres up and down the country starting to reopen, I am pleased that we have been able to offer an extended free parking period. We hope that this will provide further encouragement for people to return to Romsey and help to start rebuilding the local economy.
Though the suspension of parking charges during the lockdown period has come at a significant cost to the authority, it was absolutely the right decision. It helped support those heading out to collect supplies for themselves and others and provided additional parking for those living in and around the town centres who were confined to their homes.
Parking will remain free after 4pm Monday to Saturday as well as all day Sunday and bank holidays.
The authority suspended the charges in all its car parks on 25 March following the Prime Minister’s lockdown announcement.