FREE parking in Mendip due to the coronavirus crisis is set to end this week – but not for some key workers.

This Friday (August 7) will see an end to the scheme, introduced by Mendip District Council (MDC) on March 26.

Yet, NHS, health and social care staff and critical care volunteers who display permits provided by the NHS trust will continue to park for free.

MDC suspended parking charges in Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wells, to support the community during lockdown. But now the council feels it is time to start charging shoppers again.

Councillor Nick Cottle, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services, said: “Free parking was a generous commitment we made to support the initial recovery stages of the local economy. We have lost revenue, but are adamant it was the right thing to do.

“As lockdown measures ease, and the District returns to work, it is time to reintroduce charging.”

The cost of parking tickets will remain the same as last year and not increase with inflation.

There will be free evening parking in council car parks and areas currently managed through road closures will also remain free.

Cllr Cottle added: “However our NHS staff, key health workers and volunteers, who display official permits, will continue to enjoy free parking.”