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.
County Councillor Geoff Webber (Lib Dem Bilton & Nidd Gorge), who moved the proposal, commented:
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.