Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

County Council presents new evidence on Sunday parking

29 Jun 2016 by Press contact: Barrie Mason, Assistant Director, 0

People are being given the chance to look at further information on the subject of Sunday parking charges in Harrogate town

The County Council is publishing new evidence on its website about Sunday parking patterns as part of a review of on and off-street parking provision in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council

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

In response to issues raised during the consultation, revised proposals were presented to the County Area Committee for the Harrogate district last November seeking their views. These proposals were to

•         Introduce Sunday parking charges between 10:00 – 18:00

•         Extend Monday to Saturday daytime parking charges until 19:0

In February 2016 a decision on the introduction of these proposals was postponed pending a further review of on and off-street parking provision with Harrogate Borough Council

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

The evidence supports the need to encourage:

  • those wanting to park for longer stays to use off-street car parks
  • a turnover of premium on-street parking spaces to ensure these spaces are available for short stay shoppers and visitors to the town

This can be achieved by ensuring an appropriate balance between on and off-street charging and specifically that on-street charges are higher than off-street charges

“This new evidence is very clear,” said County Councillor Don Mackenzie.  “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.

The evidence can be viewed at   http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/parkingreview  

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