Plans to introduce evening and Sunday parking charges in Harrogate

20 May 2015

Parking charges are likely to be increased in Harrogate if proposals from North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) go through.

The proposals would see a £2 charge for parking after 6pm and Sunday charges being applied.

On-street parking charges in Harrogate town currently only apply Monday to Saturday, 8:00 – 18:00

The proposals being considered are:

Proposed Sunday on-street charges in Harrogate town between 08:00 – 18:00


Inner Zone

Out Zone

Short stay areas












1hour 30mins






2hours 30mins







NYCC say the changes will help to ensure on-street spaces are available for short stay shoppers and visitors to the town which has a clear economic benefit and that It will also incentivise those drivers wanting to stay for longer to park in an off-street car park.

Sunday charges curently apply in the off-street town centre car parks managed by Harrogate Borough Council

County Councillor David Simister (UKIP, Bilton & Nidd Gorge) said: This proposal to charge for parking at night and on Sundays is a kick in the teeth for visitors, residents and traders alike, and I strongly object to them.

These measures will drive shoppers to out of town complexes where parking is free day and night.  It will also have a massive impact on those who worship in the numerous town centre churches – both on Sundays and on an evening – in particularly the elderly who rely on their cars to get them about.

If the council want to free up spaces on Sundays, then let’s have disc parking for two or three hours.

I can see there being widespread opposition to this, and rightly so. I will certainly be airing my views at next Thursday’s Area Committee meeting when this paper is formally presented us.

On-street parking will remain as below:

Car Park

Operation of evening charges



Charges apply until 19:30 (Mon – Sat)

Charges apply until 19:00 (Sun)

£1.30 per hour


18:00 – 22:00 (Sun – Wed)

18:00 – 23:59 (Thurs – Sat)

£2.20 flat fee 18:00 to closure

West Park

Charges apply until 19:15 (Mon – Sat)

Charges apply until 19:00 (Sun)

£0.70 per hour

Surface level car parks

18:00 – midnight

£1.10 flat fee 18:00 to closure (Odeon, Park View, West Park and Dragon Road)

£2.20 flat fee 18:00 to closure (Montpellier Shoppers)

Station Parade surface level car park

Charges apply 24 hours

£1.60 per hour (maximum 4 hours


The proposals will be discussed at the Harrogate area committee on the 28 May 2015.

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