Car parking was free during the earlier part of the year at Harrogate Hospital for both staff and visitors. That changed on 23 September, when charges were re-instated for all with the ticketed parking for visitors and staff parking at the normal rate of £50 per month.
In November 2020, a Liberal Democrat motion to support and encourage NHS Hospital Trusts to provide free parking for staff was unanimously supported by North Yorkshire County Council.
I am delighted that this proposal has received unanimous and cross-party support. It is the least we can do to show our appreciation to the front-line NHS staff who daily put their lives at risk for the community.
Full text of the motion in November 2020:
That this council makes known to all NHS Hospital Trusts in North Yorkshire that this council supports and encourages free on-site parking for frontline NHS staff at their place of work for the duration that covid-19 places a strain on the NHS. We also invite them to consider how parking policy and grants for using sustainable travel options for NHS staff can best achieve a long-term aim for carbon reduction and sustainable travel across our county.
Currently the Harrogate District Foundation Trust are sticking to their decision to keep parking charges – the motion from NYCC is only advisory.
The trust hasn’t commented 0n the further motion, but have previously acknowledged that the return of charges were unwelcome, but necessary to manage a limited number of spaces.