PARKING charges across the Island have temporarily been suspended by the Isle of Wight Council in a bid to free up space on the streets.

The council has made the decision to lift all charges on car parks owned by the authority until further notice, although parking term limits will still apply.

Islanders are encouraged to use the car parks to keep their vehicles off of the streets so as not to impact the movement of key workers.

Council leader, Councillor Dave Stewart, said:"That is why we are going beyond the government's offer of free car parking for critical workers in the NHS and social care during the Covid-19 outbreak.

"However, let me be clear, the message remains 'stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.'

"You should not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.

"I would also ask residents to be considerate and leave spaces free next to pharmacies and supermarkets to allow people to get in and out quickly.

"Esplanades are not included and charging remains in place to deter people from travelling long distances to the coast during the coronavirus crisis."