Parking charges increased

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PARKING charges in the Harrogate district will rise by up to 25 per cent from September.

The increase in on-street parking fees was passed by North Yorkshire County Council’s executive on Tuesday, in a move expected to net the authority more than £280,000.

In his report, council officer Tom Bryant said: “There is no reason to suggest that the proposed charges will affect the attractiveness of Harrogate town.”

The planned increase was reported by the Advertiser in June. Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce registered its objections to the move, which was also opposed by a minority of members on the county’s Harrogate area committee.

At the time, Coun Gareth Dadd, executive member for highways, said: “I find it incredible that the whole Harrogate economy is going to disappear with an increase of two bob.”

A proposal from the leader of the Harrogate Council Lib Dems, Philip Broadbank, calling on North Yorkshire to reconsider was voted down by borough councillors last week.

Short stay parking charges will rise by 25 per cent, inner zone by 16.6 per cent and outer zone by 20 per cent, from September 1.