MORE parking spaces for blue badge holders will re-open in Taunton on Monday (August 3).
Levels 2 and 2A of the Paul Street Car Park will open at 8am providing an extra 37 car parking spaces for Blue Badge holders and 67 general use spaces, and will also enable the Shopmobility Taunton service to resume.
Somerset West and Taunton Council has been working with the Orchard Shopping Centre and Compass Wellbeing to ensure further levels of the town centre car park can be opened again as Covid-19 restrictions ease.
Customers will be able to use the Shopmobility service run by Compass Disability Services, from Tuesday, August 4.
Opening times will be 11.30am – 3.30pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
More information can be found at www.shopmobilitytaunton.org.uk.
Additional safety signage will be placed on the pillars of levels 2 and 2A and at the pedestrian entrance and exits to Paul Street and High Street which will remain closed due to the limited width of stairwells and lift capacity. These will, however, be retained as emergency evacuation and access points.
Cllr Marcus Kravis, executive member for economic development at SWT, said: “Reopening more levels of this popular car park will give shoppers greater choice and provide support to our businesses as they take steps towards recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have been working collaboratively with our partners to ensure the safe reopening of two more levels at the Paul Street car park and are preparing for the reopening of further levels.
“We hope this will be welcome news particularly for our Blue Badge holders and those customers that rely on the Shopmobilty service.”
Somerset West and Taunton owned car parks will stay free until at least the end of August to support the re-opening of High Streets to help rejuvenate the local economy.