The debate between Harrogate Borough Council and Knaresborough residents over a tenfold increase in the cost of parking permits has continued this week.
The Knaresborough Post previously reported that Harrogate Borough Council intend to increase the cost of off-street parking permits by more than 1,000 per cent, from £16 per year to £180 per year for the Knaresborough castle yard car park.
This comes as the RAC foundation revealed the huge profits that local councils are making from parking charges, with Harrogate Borough Council ranking 88th in the country with £1,689,000 surplus from car parking.
“It has certainly come at a bad time for them,” said permit holder Adam Griffiths, “councils are being criticised for cashing in and then we get told of a tenfold increase.”
Mr Griffiths believes that around 70 people in Knaresborough will be affected.
“It isn’t fair, it targets people living in the centre of town which tends to be smaller flats and houses,” he said.
“It will have an affect on selling or renting my flat in the future.”
The changes will only affect residents using off-street parking permits and the cost of on-street parking permits, dealt with by North Yorkshire County Council, will remain the same. Mr Griffiths has complained to HBC and written to Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, about the issue.
Andrew Jones said: “Residents must be given a fair price for and a fair chance of parking near their own homes. I have written to the council supporting local residents and I am hopeful that a more just proposal will emerge.”