Since January 2011 local authorities have had freedom to set parking charges. The coalition government ended a requirement to comply with a policy to set parking charges to encourage the use of alternative forms of transport which was originally contained in the National ‘Planning Policy Guidance 13: Transport (PPG13)’.
The current charges will increase depending on the zone:
Short stay – increase charges by £0.10 per 20 minutes
Inner zone – increase charges by £0.10 per 30 minutes
Outer zone – increase charges by £0.10 per 30 minutes
The County Council has benchmarked parking charges against 13 other Towns/ Cities and concluded that 6 are higher, 4 similar and 3 lower than the current charges.
The parking charge increase will put Harrogate amongst the highest charging band.
There would be a cost of £5,000 in re-programming the on-street pay and display machines.
Harrogate Borough Council are also reviewing off-street parking charges. The policy is to set on-street parking to a similar cost to the most expensive off-street to encourage the use of off-street parking.
The proposal will now go to the Council Executive for a final decision.
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