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Proposed parking charges in Harrogate town centre

We are consulting on proposals which aim to ensure that premium on-street spaces are available for short-stay shoppers on Sundays and night-time visitors throughout the week.

We are proposing to extend the current charging arrangements, which apply Mondays to Saturdays 8am to 6pm, to include Sundays as per the table below in accordance with the zones defined in the pdf icon proposed pay and display plan [970kb]​.

 Central 1
(inner zone)
Central 2
(outer zone)
Central short stay
(specific streets)
Up to 20 minutes  £0.50
Up to 30 minutes£0.70£0.60 
Up to 40 minutes  £1.00
Up to 1 hour£1.40£1.20 
Up to 1 hour 30 minutes£2.10£1.80 
Up to 2 hours£2.80£2.40 
Up to 2 hours 30 minutes£3.50£3.00 
Up to 3 hours£4.20£3.60 

We are also proposing to introduce a fixed evening parking charge of £2 on all days between 6pm and midnight.

Resident permit holders within the pay and display zone will continue to be exempt from the extended pay and display charges should the revised controls be implemented.

Consultation background

The proposal is intended to ensure on-street spaces are available for short-stay shoppers on Sundays and night-time visitors to Harrogate. Since the pay and display scheme was originally introduced, Sunday trading has become far more popular and Harrogate's night time economy has expanded, so there is greater necessity to manage parking spaces during these hours as well.

As things stand, people can leave their cars from 6pm Saturday night overnight and through all day Sunday in premium town centre spaces. This reduces the availability of on-street, short-stay spaces for visitors and shoppers. Similarly, evening charges are proposed because it will increase the availability of premium town centre spaces for evening visitors wishing to enjoy Harrogate's growing leisure, catering and entertainment opportunities.

The fact that Sunday and evening charges do apply to off-street town centre car parks managed by Harrogate Borough Council puts added pressure on the on-street spaces and means they are less likely to be available for visitors to the town.

Consultation documents

Give us your views

This consultation closed on 18 September 2015.

Any objections received in respect of the traffic regulation order will be considered by the county area committee for the Harrogate district before a decision is taken on whether or not to proceed by the corporate director of business and environmental services, in consultation with the executive members for business and environmental services.

This page was last updated on 26 January 2016