Park­ing costs al­most dou­ble

North York­shire County Coun­cil has an­nounced it is go­ing to al­most dou­ble the cost of a res­i­dents park­ing per­mit.

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North York­shire County Coun­cil has an­nounced it is go­ing to al­most dou­ble the cost of a res­i­dents’ park­ing per­mit in Scar­bor­ough.

From Mon­day April 9 an an­nual per­mit in Scar­bor­ough will cost £30, up from £17.

Cur­rently, a sec­ond and third park­ing per­mit cost £27 and £44 re­spec­tively.

Now each per­mit will be £30 a time.

A re­cent re­view of the charg­ing struc­ture iden­ti­fied a short­fall in the ad­min­is­tra­tion costs of around £123,000 a year.

A county spokesman said that in­creas­ing per­mit fees “will not only help to cover these ad­min­is­tra­tion costs, but will raise a mod­est sur­plus to al­low the County Coun­cil to in­ves­ti­gate out­stand­ing and new re­quests and, where it is jus­ti­fied, amend ex­ist­ing schemes and in­tro­duce new zones”.

Cllr Don Macken­zie, ex­ec­u­tive, mem­ber for High­ways, said: “The County Coun­cil strives to pro­vide res­i­dents and other road users with the best park­ing man­age­ment sys­tem avail­able. Though the per­mit costs have in­creased to en­able us to do so, they still re­main among the low­est in the coun­try.

“Our park­ing per­mit schemes give some pri­or­ity park­ing to res­i­dents in ar­eas that are sub­ject to the high­est de­mand to give lo­cal peo­ple the best op­por­tu­nity to have the con­ve­nience of park­ing near their homes and, in cer­tain cases, make it eas­ier for them to drive into and out of their drive­ways.”

Scratch cards for hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion own­ers to buy for their guests has gone up by 25% from £0.80 to £1 for a two day card and from £1.60 to £2 for a four day card.

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