Parking charges in car parks and on-street bays will return in Middlesbrough next week.

Parking charges in Middlesbrough have been frozen since March as the town responded to the COVID-19 pandemic to support key workers and others who needed to park in the town centre.

These charges will now be reinstated from Monday, August 24 as the easing of lockdown measure across the council continue.

Councillor Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “When lockdown restrictions began to be eased, we took the decision to continue the suspension of parking charges to support town centre businesses as they re-opened.

“Now as more shoppers and visitors are returning to the town centre, we need to ensure that access to parking bays is available throughout the day to provide easy access for customers to businesses.

“Parking charges encourage turnover of spaces and enable motorists to park in locations suitable to their requirements.

“Public safety remains our number one priority, so additional cleansing of pay & display ticket machines will be undertaken.

“Of course it simply isn’t feasible to clean them after each and every use, so we would urge motorists to take the same precautions as they would when using cash machines, touching door handles etc.

“Alternatively payments can be made using the RingGo mobile phone payment system.”

Further information on Middlesbrough Council car parking information & charges can be found here: https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-footpaths/parking-and-permits/car-park-locations-and-charges

Further local help and support is also available for residents at Help Boro here:  www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/helpboro