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Scarborough Council Facilities Start to Re-Open

Scarborough Council Facilities Start to Re-Open

Published by Jon Burke at 4:21pm 5th June 2020. (Updated at 1:26pm 8th June 2020)

Some Scarborough Borough Council public facilities will return to operating as close to pre-coronavirus normal as possible, in the run up to 15 June.

The authority says it's in response to the ongoing national easing of coronavirus restrictions and more people choosing to travel for exercise and leisure.

The council’s public toilets throughout the borough will open permanently from tomorrow, Saturday 6 June, with the exception of the facilities on West Pier in Scarborough, which are undergoing repairs to fix a newly-emerged fault in the hot water supply.

All of the council’s off street car parks will also open from this weekend, although charging and enforcement will not start until Monday 15 June. This is to coincide with the opening of non-essential retail when demand for car parks is expected to be greater.

People are encouraged to pay for parking ‘hands free’ using the RingGo app. Anyone needing to pay by cash (or card where the parking machine has that facility) is asked to use hand sanitiser before and after using the machine to minimise their risk of catching or spreading the virus.

NHS staff, NHS coronavirus volunteers and social care key workers will still benefit from free parking as long as they display identification of their employment in their vehicle. This is a nationally recognised scheme and permits can only be issued by the worker’s employer.

Anyone with an expired parking permit should reapply online at scarborough.gov.uk or email parking@scarborough.gov.uk or call 01723 232323. Due to reduced capacity within the council’s Customer First centre, permits can only be renewed online or via the telephone/postal application option and not face to face.

Warning notices will be issued in the run up to the 15 June to motorists with expired permits and those contravening existing regulations.

The enforcement of beach dog bans, which have been temporarily suspended since 1 May, will commence from Monday 15 June and will continue to the end of September when the usual bathing season finishes.

The RNLI lifeguard service is currently only available at Scarborough South Bay.

Scarborough Borough Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Cllr Liz Colling, said:

“As we move towards a reopening of our retail and seafront areas, we want to ensure that people can use our toilets and car parking facilities safely and when they need them.

It’s important that people continue to exercise social distancing, including on the beaches. We’ve seen a steady increase in beach users in recent weeks so we feel the middle of June is the right time to reintroduce the dog ban enforcement. Dog owners will still be able to exercise their pets on beach areas not covered by a ban. More information about this is available on our website.”

A full range of services is available online at scarborough.gov.uk or by calling 01723 232323 and these are still the best ways to contact the council. The Customer First centre in Scarborough remains open from 10am to 2pm for customers who are vulnerable and have no other means of contacting the council. The centre has had to change the way it operates to allow for social distancing and to ensure services can be provided in a safe and convenient way, so the capacity for seeing people in person is significantly reduced. For some enquiries, including benefits, appointments will be offered and should be arranged by phone before visiting. 

The co-ordinated effort between the Borough and County Council and the voluntary and community sectors to support the borough’s most vulnerable residents continues and remains just as important. A range of practical and emotional support is available through two community support hubs; Scarborough and Filey COVID-19 Community Response, led by Age UK, and Whitby and District Community Response, led by CaCVA.

Cllr Liz Colling said:

“With the length of time many vulnerable people have had to stay at home, there may be those that managed well through the earlier part of the pandemic but now find they need to reach out for help. We also know that the stresses during the last few months have taken their toll on people’s emotional health.

You do not need to feel alone. Help is out there if you cannot access support through family, friends, neighbours or established community groups. You can call 01609 780780 for assistance and you will receive the most accurate and up to date information about who can help you in your area.”

 

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Senex, on 5th June 2020 6:03pm
This article clarifies the car parking position in relation to Council owned off street car parks only. It is silent on the position in relation to The Marine Drive and other on street pay and display parking. There is no guidance on the the Council's website. I emailed Councillor Colling two days ago about the absence of information on the website, but have had no reply.
yorkshireboy, on 6th June 2020 5:25pm
Ref the above post I have finally found this on the SBC website.

In agreement with North Yorkshire County Council, on street parking enforcement will begin again on Monday 15 June. Charging and enforcement in our off street car parks will also begin on the same date.

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