Parking charges are set to be reintroduced by Wiltshire Council from next week with parking wardens ready to enforce contraventions.

From Monday, June 1, the council will reintroduce charges at all car parks, and on residential and on-street parking across the county.

All Parking permits and season tickets are also set to restart from Monday, June 1 with the nine weeks of suspension period automatically added onto the end of permits.

The council spokesman explained: “For example, if a person has a parking permit or season ticket that expires on August 31, that permit or season ticket will now automatically be extended to end on October 2, nine weeks later.

“People do not need to contact the council for this extension; it will happen automatically. Refunds can be given to people who no longer need extended season tickets – contact for more information.”

However, NHS and care workers will continue to receive free council parking will continue until further notice.

A council spokesman said: “On March 25, the government gave NHS and care workers free use of all council parking and this will continue until further notice, however, Wiltshire Council went one step further and suspended all parking charges, including in residential areas, from the March 27 which was to be reconsidered when the government issued new guidance.”

When parking, NHS workers and care workers must place supporting evidence in their windscreen to be eligible for free stays, such as photocopies of work passes with sensitive information removed, or a letter of evidence on headed paper from their employer.

Now when parking, NHS staff and care workers must place ‘supporting evidence’ in their windscreen to be eligible for free parking – this can include photocopies of work passes ‘with sensitive information removed’.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “As the government looks to return to a new normal, it is important we reintroduce parking charges and enforcement to ensure the highways and parking networks are working effectively.

“Covid-19 has had a significant impact on the council’s budget, particularly in terms of lost income, and reinstating car parking charges will help us to continue to support our residents and businesses through these challenging times.

“Parking will continue to be free for NHS and care workers, but we would ask others to pay for parking using the digital permits system where possible and adhere to social distancing at all times.”

People using car parks are also being asked, where possible, to leave one space between care to aid in social distancing.