County Council recommends Harrogate Sunday parking charges ahead of August vote

Parking meter in Harrogate
Parking meter in Harrogate

The County Council has said new evidence it has gathered shows a need to introduce controversial Sunday parking charges in Harrogate with a decision to be made in August.

North Yorkshire County Council has published new evidence showing that occupancy on six town centre streets on Sunday is high with car parks at lower capacity.

Harrogate Borough Council traffic wardens conducted the surveys on four Sundays in April on a mix of long and short stay restricted period streets.

The survey also found that 50 per cent of cars on short stay streets stayed an average of 26 minutes longer than the Monday to Saturday maximum period.

An average of 18 per cent of cars also stayed 15 minutes longer than the maximum three hour maximum period on James Street, Montpellier Hill and Princes Square.

All four car parks used in the survey were found to be able to accommodate more cars and Coun Don Mackenzie, executive member for Highways, said the evidence proved the need to introduce charges.

He said: “Motorists are staying for long periods of time clogging up premium short-stay spaces when there is plenty of room in off-street car parks. It confirms my belief that we want to be encouraging better turnover of premium spaces on a Sunday.”

However, Coun David Simister said incentives should be introduced to use off street car parks rather than introduce Sunday charges and said the county council’s evidence wasn’t worth a ‘second glance’.

The evidence can be viewed at http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/parkingreview

The Executive report will be published ahead of the Executive meeting on August 16.