Council argues case for Sunday parking charges

Council argues case for Sunday parking charges

Published at 11:31am 29th June 2016. (Updated at 6:28pm 29th June 2016)

North Yorkshire County Council says it has new evidence which supports the need to introduce Sunday parking charges in Harrogate.

It's publishing the information on its website as part of a review of on and off-street parking provision in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council.

A 10-week consultation on proposals for Sunday and evening charges was carried out between July and September last year.

In response to issues raised during the consultation, revised proposals were presented to the County Area Committee for the Harrogate District last November.

These proposals were:

  • To introduce Sunday parking charges between 10am and 6pm.
  • Extend Monday to Saturday daytime parking charges until 7pm.

In February, a decision on the introduction of these proposals was postponed pending a further review of on and off-street parking provision.

North Yorkshire County Council says its new evidence for Sunday shows:

  • Occupancy of the on-street spaces is very high.
  • Vehicles are staying longer than the Monday to Saturday maximum stay period.
  • Off-street car parks have capacity to accommodate further users throughout the day.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways, said: "This new evidence is very clear. The demand for on-street places on Sunday is very high and motorists appear to be using the congested network to find a free space as close as possible to their intended destination.

"Motorists are also staying for long periods of time, clogging up premium short-stay spaces when there is plenty of room in off-street car parks. It is only right that people are given the opportunity to view this new evidence before the County Council makes a decision on this issue in August."

However, the new evidence is being dismissed as "pretty flimsy" by one opponent.

County Councillor David Simister said: "This is purely about revenue generation. We need incentives, not penalties - we don't want people being penalised for coming to spend their money in Harrogate.

"This decision is going to be made in Northallerton by a small cabal of elected members, so everything that we've said in the past will count for nothing."

A report will be published before North Yorkshire County Council's Executive meets on 16 August.

You can see the new evidence at www.northyorks.gov.uk/parkingreview 

The Executive report will be published ahead of the Executive meeting on August 16th 2016