We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We have had to change the way that some of our services operate to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Blue badge applications

As a result of the current situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following Government guidelines, all non-essential services, of which Blue Badge is one, are suspended until further notice.

You are still able to apply as normal but please be advised that Blue Badge applications will take longer than normal to process. For more information or for general enquiries please visit the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust website. As agreed by Governments and local authority associations across the UK, Blue Badges with an expiry date of the 1 January 2020 should have a relaxation of enforcement until 30 September 2020.

Car parks and on street pay and display bays

Anyone using our car parks, or on street pay and display bay, is asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines and to ensure they use hand sanitiser before and after using the parking machine to minimise their risk of catching and spreading the virus. Customers are reminded that parking charges both on and off street are in operation at all times. If anyone wishes to avoid the use of coins or contact with a pay and display machine, the Park Mobile app may be used which allows ‘hands free’ payments to be made. Further details on this payment method can be found on the information boards next to the ticket machines in the car parks, or on the sides of the machines at on street pay and display bays.

At the current time the following car park remains closed:

  • Lymington Road Coach Station car park has been closed to accommodate a COVID-19 testing centre.

Free parking for NHS workers and volunteers

Key workers who work or volunteer for the NHS and social care to support our most vulnerable residents will continue to get free parking in council operated parking areas, providing the relevant paperwork is displayed on vehicle dashboards.

Free parking only applies if these workers are on duty where the use of the vehicle is necessary to undertake the role, and only to those working or volunteering in health and social area, it does not extend to all key workers.

For further information visit GOV.UK Government to provide free car parking for NHS and social care staff website.

Parking enforcement

As lockdown measures continue to be relaxed, we have seen a marked increase of vehicular traffic on our highways as people start to return to work and school. The restrictions around limited waiting and residential parking bays were eased as part of our response to coronavirus, but from Monday 8 June all parking restrictions in Torbay will once again be enforced.