Huge increase in residents parking permit costs

NADV 1306044AM2 Parking ticket machine. (1306044AM2)
NADV 1306044AM2 Parking ticket machine. (1306044AM2)
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Proposals to increase various parking charges across Harrogate, which could leave some Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough residents facing an increase of more that 1000%, have been put forward.

Qualifying residents with off street car parking permits could see prices increase from £16 per year to £15 per month.

Elaine Grinter who lives on Cheapside in Knaresborough and used the Castle yard car park said: “It will cost almost the same as water rates, it’s a new household bill to consider.

“We don’t have the option of parking anywhere else so we are trapped, it is a lazy way for them to make more money.”

The report written by parking services manager Susan McGarry rejects the idea of abolishing off street car parking for residents without parking completely, claiming it would be unfair, it states: “This proposal is to increase the charge of this permit to reflect the market value of the parking provision with a 50 per cent discount.

“Residents would still therefore be benefitting from obtaining a car parking permit at a discounted rate.”

Mrs Grinter added that she thinks the on-street parking near houses should be allocated to residents freeing up the car parks for visitors.

“People expect to drive into a car park and pay and display more than parking for short times on the street.”

Coun Helen Flynn said she couldn’t see why such a huge increase was being proposed.

“My feeling is that a significant increase of such a huge amount of money could put people off using the scheme, meaning the council might make less money.”

The report which will be considered by cabinet member for planning, transport and economic development, Alan Skidmore dismissed two other options which would have affected Pateley residents.

The idea of removing Pateley Bridge shoppers permit has been dismissed with the report stating: “The removal of this benefit for local residents at this stage would be detrimental to the vibrancy of Pateley Bridge.”

Although the report rejects the idea of abolishing off street car parking for residents without parking completely claiming it would be unfair it said: “This proposal is to increase the charge of this permit to reflect the market value of the parking provision with a 50 per cent discount.

“Residents would still therefore be benefitting from obtaining a car parking permit at a discounted rate.”

Coun Flynn admits that the current scheme is generous.

She said: “I remember years ago it was only £5 and it is not a lot of money per year, but to then have to pay that each month. It is a huge increase.

“I use the car parks in Pateley Bridge regularly and always manage to find a space even on Saturdays and Sundays, it isn’t as if the residents parking is taking up to much space.”

Coun Alan Skidmore approved the proposals for changes to residents off street parking at a meeting on Wednesday, June 26.

He however dismissed proposals for Knaresboroughs Waterside carpark which would have left The Rotary Club out of pocket.

Harry Murray from the Rotary Club had been worried and said that if the proposals went ahead “it would be very difficult to replace that money.”

Coun Skidmore also scrapped plans to start charging for parking at Hornbeam Park which had infuriated commuters.

Other proposals approved included a 10 per cent increase in evening charges at Jubilee car park, Montpellier car park, and West Park amongst others for the first time since 2007.

What are your thoughts? Do you have a permit for off street parking, will you be affected? Comment below or email ackrill.news@ypn.co.uk.