Harrogate BID's cautious welcome over new parking restrictions in town centre

Harrogate Business Improvement District has welcomed new parking restrictions on key town centre streets as a mean to reopen businesses safely for the public - but has raised concerns about 'putting off people' by having inadequate parking.

By Graham Chalmers
Monday, 18th May 2020, 1:40 pm
Sara Ferguson, Harrogate BIDs acting chair.
Sara Ferguson, Harrogate BIDs acting chair.

Their comments come after North Yorkshire County Council installed to stop parking on both sides of James Street and one side only on Albert Street and Commercial Street.

Sara Ferguson, Harrogate BID’s acting chair, said: “Whilst we welcome the measures put in place to assist social distancing in Harrogate town centre, it’s imperative that there is clear signage indicating where there is parking.

“As shops start to reopen from June 1, the last thing we want is returning customers being put off coming to Harrogate due to inadequate parking spaces in and around the town centre.

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“Because people will understandably be cautious about travelling by public transport, we need to take this into account and not punish car users, but welcome them.

“There needs to clear signage on the main approaches into the town as well as within it, plus information on both North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Councils as to which streets and carparks are open.

"We will gladly carry this information on our website too, and promote it regularly via our social media channels.”

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