Harrogate BID says parking charges return is sign things are starting to return to some normality

Harrogate BID says the imminent reintroduction of parking charges is an indication that things are slowly starting to return to some form of normality.

Tuesday, 9th June 2020, 12:22 pm
All change in Harrogate town centre - Some streets will have no parking, while for the rest parking charges will be reintroduced from next week.

Both Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire Borough Council have confirmed this week that charges at the district's 28 car parks and all on-street parking will be brought back when shops reopen next Monday, June 15.

But Harrogate Business Improvement District added that the reintroduction of parking fees to Harrogate town centre needed to be 'sign posted' clearly for drivers.

Harrogate BID acting chair Sara Ferguson said: “The resumption of parking charges is an indication that things are slowly starting to return to some form of normality.

“Whilst it won’t be universally welcomed, we understand why the County Council is doing this. It will guarantee there is turnover in parking spaces when shops reopen. It also needs to be communicated loud and clear, so no one is caught unaware.

“We need to ensure that at the same time traffic wardens are back patrolling the streets, the town’s car parks are re-opened and properly signposted.

"Better signage for the car parks is needed too, due to the loss of on street spaces for the widened pavements due to social distancing.”

There have been no charges for parking in Harrogate since March to support key workers travelling to work during the pandemic.

NHS staff, health or social care workers and NHS volunteer responders will still be able to park for free, as long as they display their NHS permit or another valid form of evidence.

In terms of responsibility and revenue, on-street parking in Harrogate comes under the jurisdiction of North Yorkshire County Council while organised car parks and multi-storeys belong to Harrogate Borough Council.

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