There are plans for a major review of parking in the Harrogate Town Centre by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC).
What you need to know:
- Tariffs are to be reviewed by NYCC as there hasn’t been a review for sometime and as mechanism to dissuade use of cars
- It will include a review of the areas that are currently free to park, disc parking and off street parking, that means the area that is under parking control may expand
- NYCC are saying the changes are to reduce congestion and are as a result of the congestion survey, so part of what the public have asked for
- NYCC say that money raised will be used for park and ride, bus services and cycling routes
- Town centre parking is a complicated issues and this review is being undertaken as a Highways matter without regard for local business
- Our survey shows that 79.1% of people use cars to travel to the town centre
- 72% feel that the current parking charges are already too expensive
- Overwhelmingly car parking charges influence how often people visit the town centre and how long they stay
- There is a reluctance to use local bus services with ticket prices being the most significant factor
- 27% say that they would never use a bus regardless
- Electric buses and green or environmental issues is not a factor in encouraging people to use buses
David Bowe, Corporate Director, Business and Environmental Services, said:
Addressing congestion in Harrogate and Knaresborough is a complex issue with no one solution.
Following the conclusion of our exhaustive study of the issue, including the extensive public consultation, the County Council’s Executive has agreed to explore a number of possible measures.
These include looking at developments of walking and cycling routes, bus route provision and park and ride services, all of which are designed to make it easier for people to leave their cars and use other modes of transport, which is what the consultation told us people wanted to see.
Measures to be explored also include a review of car parking charges, both on- and off-street, in consultation with Harrogate Borough Council. This will consider expansion of car parking management zones to encourage the use of, and to support investment in, alternative modes of transport. No proposals relating to parking have yet been made.
However, a congestion charge has been ruled out at this stage.
A spokesperson for Harrogate Borough Council said:
We work closely with NYCC regarding on and off-street parking management matters and continually review the respective charges.
The county council hasn’t formally spoken to us regarding the outcomes of its congestion study but we are aware of the intention to review parking charges as part of the overall study.
However, no proposals have been discussed, nor agreed, at this stage.