Car parking at Coventry parks to close from today

The closure is intended to keep Coventrians from travelling too far from home to exercise during the coronavirus quarantine.

Coventry City Council announced on Monday that from Tuesday, all car parking areas at the city’s public parks will be closed.

The closure will take place from 12 noon on Tuesday, 7 April.

The measure is intended to keep Coventrians from travelling too far from home in order to exercise during the coronavirus pandemic, following criticism that many were driving too far from home.

All Coventry parks will remain open to those living in the nearby vicinity visiting on foot.

Speaking on the closure Andrew Walster, Coventry City Council director with responsibility for parks said: “We’ve wrestled with this decision over the last few days as the vast majority of people have observed social distancing when visiting our parks.

“However, we are really lucky that in Coventry most people live relatively close to a park, woodland or fields. This means most people can enjoy a walk in their local area without the need to get in a car and travel.

“We have always said we would constantly review the situation, make changes if needed and continue to respond to national guidance alongside local knowledge.

“To stress, all of our parks remain open to people visiting on foot. I’d also like to thank people for their continued support and sensible approach when enjoying our parks and open spaces.”

Some Twitter users criticised the council’s lateness to enact such closures, with one saying: “[They] should have been closed in the first place. Absolutely disgusted that you were advertising your car park at Coombe Abbey.”

Another insisted that the council “need to close Coombe Abbey completely”.