Some car parks and public toilets to reopen

Some car parks and public toilets to reopen

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:26am 22nd May 2020.

Dorset Council will be reopening some car parks and public toilets before the bank holiday to help cope with demand.

The local authority will also be opening car parks at country parks on Tuesday (26th May).

Leader of Dorset Council Spencer Flower said:

"We are opening car parks and public toilets because of the experience we gained last weekend, there was some unfortunate behaviour in some areas, we've taken advice and had conversations with town and parish councils, and we think this is a sensible approach."

Last weekend the council received complaints about visitors illegally parking, littering and lack of social distancing at beauty spots including Lulworth and Portland. 

portland bill police lockdown
Police at Portland Bill during lockdown

In response to requests from councillors and members of the public, cash and card payments are being reinstated for drivers that do not use mobile phones. 

Spencer Flower said:

"Cash payments always did exist, but we took precaution initially, it wasn't our intention to make it cash free entirely, but there will be notices up.

"The advice will be, if you use cash, be careful, alternatively use your mobile phone so you can pay cashlessly."

Car park charges signs Trinity Street Dorchester

Contactless payments are being encouraged via phone-call, text message or smartphone app, as these are the safest ways to avoid the spread of the virus.

Dorset Council want to remind the public that the use of payment machines is done so at your own risk

We're being encouraged to wash our hands before and after we've used parking machines to lower their chance of infection. To help us do that a number of public toilets will also be opening from Saturday 23rd May between 9am and 5pm.

They are:

  • Overcombe
  • Lodmoor Country Park
  • Greenhill Gardens (above ground)
  • The Pier Bandstand
  • Swannery Car Park
  • Hope Square
  • Nothe Gardens