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SHDC Update - Beach Car, Touch Free Parking and Toilets.

Cllr Keith Baldry, South Hams District Council’s Executive Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: "In response to the Government Guidance issued today (13 May), you can now ‘drive to outdoor open spaces, including beaches and beauty spots’.

Therefore, we plan to reopen our beach car parks at North Sands, Slapton and Bigbury for this coming weekend, “Please practice social distancing and use RingGo for payment whenever possible. Where phone signal is limited, you can set up your RingGo payment before arrival. Location codes are detailed below. Cashless payments are safer for the public and our staff.

If you need to use the pay and display machines, please use them responsibly and keep two metres distance from other users.

“It will take us a little longer to open public toilets. We plan to reopen toilets at North Sands, Bigbury and Slapton in time for the next May Bank Holiday.

“We do have many elderly and vulnerable communities in the South Hams who still need to be protected, with this in mind we would like to repeat the Government’s clarification that 'leaving your home - the place you live - to stay at another home for a holiday or other purpose is not allowed. This includes visiting second homes'.”

Other Car Parks

  • Town Centre car parks are open and currently free to use. We will be reviewing this weekly. When charges are reinstated, payment should be through RingGo, whenever possible to protect yourself other and our staff.
  • Markets, Play Parks, Park and Ride and Town Centre Toilets - Dartmouth Park and Ride, our play parks, our Markets and their nearby public toilets will remain closed for the time being and we will review this again alongside government advice.
  • Green Spaces and Other Facilities - Our green spaces remain open. We support the Government's view relating to other open air recreational facilities within our Towns and Parishes such as tennis courts. Where currently closed, we will look to reopen as soon as possible

Touch Free Parking for #appiness

South Hams District Council is promoting contactless payment via the RingGo App.

To help the public visit beaches safely, South Hams District Council are strongly advising users to download and pay using the RingGo app whenever possible. This enables touch free payment and minimises the risk of the spread of Covid-19.

Cllr Keith Baldry, Executive Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: “Now residents are allowed to travel, it is only natural that they will want to come to the beach.

“Our main concern is for the safety of car park users, the local communities and our staff. We are encouraging everyone who does come to the beach to use the RingGo app, which enables cashless parking payment via a mobile phone.

The Council are publishing the RingGo codes for each car park. Where phone signal is limited, you can set up your RingGo payment before arrival.

The codes are:

  • Bigbury: 3476
  • Torcross Layby: 3469
  • Torcross Tank: 3490
  • Strete Gate: 3485
  • North Sands: 3489

If it is not possible to pay via RingGo, the pay and display machines can be used but users are asked to abide by social distancing and use the machines responsibly.

“So far the virus rates have been low in this region compared to other areas and the Council wish to help to maintain this and protect its vulnerable communities.”

For more information on the Government’s revised guidelines, visit:

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