Town centre visitors urged to download parking app as high streets reopen

SHOPPERS and visitors to Barrow town centre are being encouraged to download the parking app, RingGo, as high streets prepare to reopen.

From Monday, April 12, all non essential retail outlets have permission to resume trading as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

With pay and display car parks open, the RingGo app is considered the most convenient way for motorists to pay for their parking

A council spokesperson said: "We are really looking forward to seeing our town centre streets busy once more as businesses reopen.

"Of course we are urging people to adhere to social distancing rules when out and about and to wear face coverings where appropriate. But it will be lovely to see local businesses supported after such a difficult start to the year.

"Before our high streets reopen, we are encouraging everyone to download and set up the RingGo app. It will ensure parking is as safe, convenient and hassle free as possible."

Pay and display machines will be active in all car parks. And while it will be possible to pay with cash, the RingGo app allows for cashless payments that do not require machines to be touched.

This service is quick and easy to use once it is set up, and the app can be downloaded from either the Apple App Store or Google Play.  There are details on what to do on pay and display machines.

Whilst the shops may be re-opening, the Council has made the decision not to reopen Portland Walk (Rooftop) Car Park.

The decision is based on concerns relating to social distancing on the stairwells but also because Debenhams, whilst reopening for business, will only be using the entrance from Portland Walk itself and keeping the entrance from the car park closed.

The council spokesperson added: "The safety of everyone in the town centre is our principal concern and the Portland Walk car park will be closed until further notice.

"We really are looking forward to welcoming everyone back to the town centre and wish every business reopening its doors on Monday the very best of luck."