Dis­count park­ing trial ap­proved

The Scarborough News - - NEWS -

A trial of a dis­counted park­ing scheme for Scar­bor­ough bor­ough res­i­dents has been ap­proved by the bor­ough coun­cil.

The scheme will see lo­cals able to ap­ply for a per­mit which will en­ti­tle them to dis­counted park­ing in the au­thor­ity’s car parks.

There was lit­tle de­bate on the item when it came up at a full meet­ing of the coun­cil on Mon­day, with coun­cil­lors voting over­whelm­ingly in favour of adopt­ing the trial.

Ahead of the vote, Coun Martin Smith (Con) moved an amend­ment to change the start date of the trial from March 1 to April 1 to bring it into line with the fi­nan­cial year, which was duly ac­cepted.

The coun­cil will lose £84,000 in park­ing rev­enue over the one-year trial.

The coun­cil planned to cover the short­fall by in­tro­duc­ing a win­ter park­ing charge of £1 for 24 hours in pre­vi­ously free seafront car parks be­tween Novem­ber and March, but this was de­ferred fol­low­ing op­po­si­tion.

The new per­mit for lo­cals, which will be ap­plied for online and have no cost, has been dubbed “vir­tual” by the coun­cil as it will have no phys­i­cal form.

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