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Bury St Edmunds vaccine volunteer calls on West Suffolk Council to replicate Government's Covid-19 free parking scheme

A Covid-19 vaccination volunteer has called on a council to replicate a Government free parking scheme which ended last week.

The Government Covid-19 parking permit pass entitled holders to free parking in council car parks and on-street spaces but the scheme was withdrawn on June 21.

A vaccination volunteer at the Swan Surgery, in Bury St Edmunds, had called on West Suffolk Council to implement a similar scheme allowing volunteers to park for free at the nearby Ram Meadow car park.

Swan Surgery in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Google
Swan Surgery in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Google

The volunteer, who did not wish to be named, said the scheme was ‘helpful’ as there were several occasions when he volunteered six days a week.

"I get a state pension - if I had to pay to park I wouldn't have said yes to six out of seven days if I had to find the money to park my car," he said.

A council spokesman said it did not have a system in place which would allow it to administer and check a local version of the scheme.

The volunteer, who has supported the vaccination clinics since December, noted the council was part of the West Suffolk Alliance which was about ‘removing barriers’ to improve the health system and felt the authority's position was 'disappointing'.

"For the council to require people to pay to volunteer isn't an optimal position if what you're trying to do is make it as easy as possible to run these clinics," he added.

The council spokesman added that it could provide discounted permits for its car parks to the surgery to be issued to volunteers.

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