Car parking charges to return in Oldham town centre

Charges to park in Oldham Council's town centre car parks will be reintroduced from Wednesday (3 June). 

NHS staff can still continue to park for free while they carry out their duties - as long as they display a parking pass that will have been issued by their place of work. But the council is warning that any NHS workers found to be parking illegally or unsafely will face a possible fine. 

On-street car parking fees will also be reintroduced and enforcement in residential parking zones will also return.

Bus lane enforcement will also restart, while parking charges at Dove Stone Reservoir will also be reintroduced.

The council say the changes, following the latest government announcement encouraging people back into work, are due to car parks getting busier as more people return to work, businesses starting to lift the shutters and schools re-opening. 

The charges were temporarily suspended at the end of March to ensure that NHS staff could park safely when going about their vital roles. 

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: "When we introduced these measures, we were very clear that they were only a temporary measure.

"NHS staff are doing a brilliant job, under very difficult circumstances, and we are happy to show them our support.

"This will allow them to go about their vital duties without having to worry about paying to park and possibly using public transport." 

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