Higher parking charges given go-ahead

Higher parking charges given go-ahead

Published at 12:01pm 3rd October 2016. (Updated at 2:25pm 3rd October 2016)

On-street parking charges are going to be increased in Harrogate.

The plans have been approved after a review of charges in towns across the county in an effort to encourage visitors to use off-street car parks and reduce congestion.

Monday to Sunday on-street parking tariffs will increase as follows:

  • Short stay - increase tariff by 10p per 20 minutes.
  • Inner zone - increase tariff by 10p per 30 minutes.
  • Outer zone - increase tariff by 10p per 30 minutes.

The higher charges will be introduced in early November, along with Sunday parking charges.

Critics are describing it as "another attack" on motorists and a "revenue generation scheme".

However, North Yorkshire County Council is dismissing those claims.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, told Stray FM: "The lack of easy-to-use parking spaces in town is actually a disincentive to come in and spend your money in shops, so we do not believe that this modest increase will have any effect at all on town centre businesses.

"I think a fellow County Councillor has used the term we are 'filling our coffers' with the profits made from parking. This is certainly not the case, because all surpluses that we make from on-street parking anywhere in the county are spent on other highways-related matters."

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