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Nowton Park, Brandon Country Park and West Stow Country Park parking charges to be reintroduced

Parking charges are being reintroduced at three parks in West Suffolk.

West Suffolk Council will be reinstating charges at Brandon Country Park, Nowton Park and West Stow Country Park from tomorrow (May 22) ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

The authority says it will 'help manage capacity, the gathering of people and social distancing' following an increase in visitors over the last week.

Nowton Park. Picture by Mark Westley
Nowton Park. Picture by Mark Westley

Motorists using the council's town centre car parks are still not being charged for the moment.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We have kept our parks open throughout the coronavirus crisis for people to enjoy their daily exercise.

"The government has now relaxed some of its guidance to enable people to go out and exercise or walk for longer, and to meet one person not from their household at the 2m social distance.

"We know that our parks are very popular at this time of year and to help manage capacity, the gathering of people and social distancing, we will be reintroducing the car parking charges at these parks ahead of the weekend.

"We have already seen an increase in people visiting our parks this past week and we hope these measures will help to ensure that they are enjoyed safely for all.

"We would also ask, where possible, that people enjoying a picnic, take their rubbish home with them, as we are continuing to manage services with reduced staff both as a result of people having to shield or self-isolate, while we have also redeployed staff to help maintain key services as well as providing the Home But Not Alone community support, and distributing grants to local businesses."

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