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North Yorkshire Council to increase parking charges

North Yorkshire Council is set to increase parking charges by 20% from next month.

North Yorkshire Council to increase parking charges North Yorkshire Council is set to increase parking charges by 20% from next month. New parking tariffs will be introduced from Friday 19th April after “careful consideration of several factors” by councillors. This is due to the rising costs of parking facilities including infrastructure, repairs, lighting, and security. From 19th April, a 20% increase will be implemented, reflecting an annual increment of approximately 6.7 per cent since the last increase. A council spokesperson said:

“The car parking tariff has not increased in some areas for more than a decade, with the majority unchanged for at least three years. “Therefore, the council will introduce an increase broadly aligned with inflation.”
North Yorkshire Council’s corporate director of environment, Karl Battersby, added:
"We continuously strive to improve our parking services to provide a better customer experience. “This includes investments in technology upgrades, such as automated payment systems and the installation of electric vehicle chargers to accommodate the growing market. "We have refrained from increasing our car parking tariff for several years. “However, to ensure we can continue to maintain the current provision and not divert funds away from vital frontline council services, we plan on introducing an increase across the car parking tariff that is in line with inflation. "We also remain committed to improving public transport provision across North Yorkshire to ensure there are alternatives to car usage, as well as supporting efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030."
Later this year, the council will be drafting a strategy that will look at the parking provision across North Yorkshire to see where future changes and improvements can be made. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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