Coronavirus: Parking returns to normal in North Yorkshire

Coronavirus: Parking returns to normal in North Yorkshire

Published by Lisa Darvill with contributions by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 12:46pm 8th June 2020. (Updated at 2:38pm 8th June 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council has announced parking charges will be re-introduced from 15th June. 

  • It's as lockdown restrictions are eased 
  • Non-essential shops will be able to re-open from the 15th June 
  • The council had suspended charges during the coronavirus lockdown 
  • However there'll still be concessions for NHS staff 

As more shops across North Yorkshire open from Monday, 15 June, both on-street and off-street parking enforcement operations will return to normal. 

Since the start of the lockdown enforcement has targeted only dangerous and obstructive parking, but full enforcement will be reintroduced from 15 June.

North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Access, said:

"At any time, parking enforcement is an essential tool in helping to manage traffic flow to provide ease of access for all road users.

"As our towns open up it is important to manage traffic and to support the emergency active travel measures implemented to enable pedestrians and cyclists to maintain social distancing."

NHS staff, health or social care workers and NHS volunteer responders will still benefit from free parking, as long as they display their NHS permit or another valid form of evidence. This is a nationally recognised scheme and permits can only be issued by the worker’s employer.

The council is urging people to exercise social distancing and use the AppyParking app in Harrogate, which is available for on and off-street parking. Anyone needing to pay by cash is asked to use hand sanitiser before and after using the parking machine to minimise their risk of catching or spreading the virus.

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Harrogate Borough Council is urging people to use its AppyParking app to help maintain social distancing

 

On-street parking restrictions are enforced on behalf of the County Council by Harrogate Borough Council in the Craven, Harrogate and Selby areas.

Independent Harrogate, a pressure group made up of more than 200 businesses, had called for free parking to be retained indefinitely in the district.

The charges will be reintroduced at all council car parks.

Harrogate BID acting chair Sara Ferguson said:

“I can see why the County Council is doing this, as it will ensure there is turnover in spaces when shops reopen, but it needs to be communicated loud and clear, so no one is caught unaware.

“We need to ensure that at the same time traffic wardens are back patrolling the streets, the town’s car parks are re-opened and properly signposted.”

If you have a parking permit that has expired, reapply online at the Harrogate Borough Council website. Contact the parking services team at Harrogate on 01423 500600 with any queries.