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'.”
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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:
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: https://www.gov.uk/