The proposals will be put before the Harrogate area committee meeting on the 3rd November. This is a meeting where the Borough Council is duty bound to consult with the County Council as the Highways Agency on parking matters.
If approved, these changes would see a significant rise to the off-street parking charges in Harrogate.
The summary of the proposal
- The currently free to park in Ripon market place a £0.50 charge for up to 30 minutes and a £1.00 charge for up to an hour.
- Implement a 3 hour maximum stay for Marshall Way car park, Ripon
- No longer provide free parking on Sunday up to 1.00 pm at the Jubilee long stay multi-storey car park in Harrogate; Castle Street/Fisher Street in Knaresborough; and St Marygate, the Arcade and Victoria Grove in Ripon
- No longer provide free parking for the first hour at Waterside and York Place, Knaresborough and to introduce a £0.30 charge for the first hour at Waterside, Knaresborough and to charge £0.40 for the first hour at York Place, Knaresborough.
- A £0.10 per hour increase at all car parks, excluding Jubilee and Victoria multi-storey car parks and Station Parade surface level car park in Harrogate
Harrogate Borough Council have said that the changes fall within the draft North Yorkshire County Council Parking Strategy, specifically the need to ensure that on and off street parking provision complement each other.
In a report to be presented before the NYCC the council a number of reasons are given for the proposed changes. In Ripon mention is made of the problem with motorists circling the market place looking for a free parking space and removing free parking will help motorists make “an informed choice” as to where to park.
The report acknowledges that there will be some displacement parking as motorists look to find free parking.
Significantly, no indication has been given in the report on the impact of the already struggling local retail trade in Harrogate, Knaresborough and Ripon.