The Scarborough News

Extra parking-charge options: trial to start

- By Carl Gavaghan Local Democracy Reporting Service

A one-year trial of new parking tariffs in some of Scarboroug­h’s car parks has been approved.

Scarboroug­h Council will add the option to allow people to pay to park for up to five and eight hours in order to encourage visitors to stay in the town longer.

The trial will be carried out in the Eastboroug­h, Marine Drive, Quay Street, West Pier, South Bay Undergroun­d and the Spa Drive and Forecourt car parks, all in Scarboroug­h.

Previously, patrons only had the option to pay to stay for one, three, six or 24 hours.

The new tariffs will be charged at £6 for five hours and £8 for eight hours.

Approval for the trial was granted by the council’s cabinet member for Neighbourh­oods, Cllr Tony Randerson.

A report prepared for Cllr Randerson stated that the added options for motorists had been requested by traders.

The report adds: “Through recent discussion­s with local businesses, it has been suggested that patrons of the local car parks have queried the lack of choice in relation to the durations of stay available and the associated tariffs on offer.

“An example provided is that visitors arriving midmorning are reluctant to purchase a 24-hour ticket.

“It has been suggested that such visitors are more likely to purchase a six-hour ticket.

“The option of an eighthour ticket would allow visitors to stay later into the evening without purchasing a 24-hour ticket. This could result in benefits to the evening economy.”

The shorter five-hour tariff will also be trialled following feedback.

The changes are due to start on May 26.

The end is finally in sight l to a long-running legal challenge that has led to Scarboroug­h Council’s accounts not being signed off for the last five years.

The council’s 2017/18, 2016/17 and 2015/16 accounts have been held up as the authority is locked in a legal battle with a group of residents over how it classifies income and expenditur­e from Whitby harbour.

The delays then hit the 2018/19 accounts and the row has now stretched into 2021.

The authority’s auditors Mazars said it had now provided the council with a Statement of Reasons setting out its determinat­ion of the objection relating to the 2015/16 accounts. Once the council has responded the issues relating to the later accounts will be addressed and the decision will be made public.

 ??  ?? The West Pier car park is among those included in the tariffs trial.
The West Pier car park is among those included in the tariffs trial.

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