Coronavirus: Harrogate free parking under review

Coronavirus: Harrogate free parking under review

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 5:37am 28th May 2020.

Parking charges could change in Harrogate

  • Businesses and customers could benefit from more free parking when high streets reopen.
  • All charges were suspended in March to support essential services and key workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The move is now being reviewed and Independent Harrogate, a pressure group made up of more than 200 businesses, is calling for free parking to be retained indefinitely.

Free parking in Harrogate could be extended to help businesses and customers when high streets reopen.

Councils suspended all charges in March to support essential services and key workers during the pandemic – and the move is now being reviewed.

It comes as Independent Harrogate, a pressure group made up of more than 200 businesses, are calling for free parking to be retained indefinitely.

But Harrogate Borough Council, which is losing out on £250,000 a month in car parking revenue, has hinted that charges at its off-street car parks will eventually be brought back in.

A spokesman said:

“Following the latest government advice, we are now looking at when the three multi-storey car parks in Harrogate town centre will re-open and when charges will be reintroduced across all sites.

“We will have an update in due course.”

North Yorkshire County Council, which is responsible for on-street parking, also said its decision to suspend charges is being reviewed.

It comes as some councils in England have already reintroduced parking charges to claw back their climbing coronavirus costs.

David Bowe, the county council’s Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services, said:

“We will keep our approach under review and as the situation develops we will carefully consider each location and take appropriate measures.”