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Coronavirus: Harrogate Borough Council losing £250,000 a month in car parking revenue

Coronavirus: Harrogate Borough Council losing £250,000 a month in car parking revenue

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 4:05pm 4th May 2020.

Harrogate Borough Council has revealed it is losing around £250,000 a month in car parking revenue during the coronavirus lockdown.

  • The lockdown has caused ticket takings by Harrogate Borough Council to drop significantly.  
  • The council is now losing around £250,000 a month in car parking revenue.
  • Parking sites have stayed open and free-of-charge for key workers.

The authority’s ticket takings have plummeted since the end of March when shoppers and commuters stopped using its 28 car parks.

But the parking sites have stayed open and free-of-charge for key workers.

And North Yorkshire County Council went one further when it announced it was suspending on-street parking charges for all motorists.

These are gestures which we can all get behind in these difficult times – especially when health and care workers need all the support they can get.

Harrogate Borough Council

But providing free parking is clearly coming at a massive cost to Harrogate Borough Council.

Totting up this lost money with massive maintenance bills, income losses from leisure facilities and other climbing coronavirus costs, it is now facing an £8.5million hole in its finances.

Coun Phil Ireland, cabinet member for sustainable travel, said:

“This pandemic was completely unexpected and understandably there will be a loss of revenue through our car parks.

“By suspending parking charges it supports NHS staff, key workers and others to provide essential services, to those that need it the most, during this difficult time.”

The council has only received £1.6million towards its climbing coronavirus costs from central government to date – and any future funds remain an uncertainty.

But council chief executive Wallace Sampson has said there is no “immediate concern” that the council will be short of the cash to fund its frontline services.