Harrogate residents’ parking to increase by 375%

Harrogate Borough Council has reviewied the costs of residents’ parking permits in its off-street car parks within Knaresborough and Ripon.

Currently, residents pay £16 per annum (4p a day) which will now rise to £60 per annum,just £1.15 per week (or 16p a day)

Councillor Alan Skidmore
Councillor Alan Skidmore

Councillor Alan Skidmore said:

In this council’s off-street car parks, qualifying residents are given permits to park in bays for which there is a parking charge. I appreciate that the proposals originally mooted did seem high but that was because they were from a very low base. However, I have listened to representations made by residents and also those made direct to me from Councillors John Batt, Phil Ireland, George Pickles and Christine Willoughby.

I have agreed to this reduced increase. I have made this decision to be fair and equitable to other car park users who pay considerably more.

This council’s scheme of residents’ parking permits will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Off-street car parking should not be confused with North Yorkshire County Council’s on-street parking where generally residents’ permits apply on streets where there is no car parking charge but residents may be affected by nearby facilities such as hospitals, or free disc parking.