Parking for key workers
We have reviewed the key worker permit scheme, following the easing of lockdown measures and services starting to return to normal.
From 1 October 2020, we are replaced the previous scheme and existing arrangements with a new scheme for frontline NHS employees that aligns with government policy.
We are therefore still allowing NHS frontline staff to park for free while on-duty.
Who can apply
To qualify, you need to give us evidence of your employment at a medical facility within one of the SEPP areas.
If you are not located at a SEPP area medical facility, you will need to contact the relevant authority about their NHS parking concessions.
What is included
The permit will allow on-street parking in:
- limited waiting bays
- on-street Pay and Display bays
- resident permit bays
It does not apply to public car parks. You will need to contact each individual authority for further advice on this.
How to apply
To apply for this permit, you will need to contact us and supply the correct evidence.
Our preferred evidence is something from your manager, confirming that you require need a permit to work. Your manager will need to give us your full name, registration number and the hospital you work at.
You can also visit www.nhs-freeparking.co.uk to find other free parking options for critical care workers.
We are currently operating full parking enforcement patrols. To avoid being issued with a Penalty Charge Notice, you should ensure that you:
- do not park in contravention of the parking restrictions
- display a valid pay and display ticket in the designated pay for parking areas
- display or register a valid resident permit or visitor ticket in the resident permit zones
- do not exceed the permitted time to stay in a limited waiting parking area
Reporting a parking problem
You can report a parking issue online.
You can contact us online with any requests and enquiries.
We already have several online automated systems to manage the administration process and deal with your enquiries, including:
Renewing existing resident permits
You need to ensure that all resident and visitor permits are valid and up-to-date. You can renew any permits online via MiPermit.
Requesting new parking restrictions (Traffic Regulation Orders)
You can request a new parking restriction online.
We will continue to accept requests for a parking restriction, but we will put on hold any site assessments for existing and new requests. This is because the current traffic movements and parking habits will not be reflective of a normal working day/week. We will continue these assessments once the traffic flows return to normal.
Whilst people are following social distancing and self-isolation guidance, we will put on hold:
- any informal and statutory consultations
- any Committee Meeting decisions
- implementation of approved Traffic Regulation Orders
- new parking schemes
Park and Ride
You need to check with Essex County Council regarding their Park and Ride service.
Taxis and private hire vehicles
We have produced some coronavirus safety guidance for taxi and private hire vehicle drivers and passengers.
You can view our coronavirus safety guidance for taxi drivers.
You can also view our coronavirus safety guidance for taxi passengers.