Chelmsford City Council to provide free parking for companies delivering food

April 3, 2020 12:30 PM

Chelmsford City Council is enabling local food delivery businesses by providing extra free parking, helping them to provide services to residents during the coronavirus crisis.

The new measure means that any companies delivering food, whether as an established or new part of their business, can apply online for two dispensations to park within the city. These permits will apply to the company rather than individual vehicles, giving businesses more flexibility for their deliveries.

With many restaurants, pubs and cafes now shut to customers, a growing number of local businesses are taking their food to people directly. Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Mackrory, the cabinet member with responsibility for business says it is just one of the ways that the Council can help:


"We want to do whatever we can to make it easier to get supplies to people and to provide support for local businesses who are having to adapt quickly and provide takeaways and deliveries rather than having customers come to them."

The dispensations will be valid for three months and will then be reviewed. They will not be vehicle-specific and won't require registrations to be given. Businesses will simply have to provide:

1. a business name and address
2. a description of the business
3. a name, contact telephone number, and an email address

All requests should be emailed to Dispensations will be emailed to companies to print off themselves and display in their vehicles.

You can find more information on Chelmsford main coronavirus updates page.