Council bosses in North Yorkshire said yesterday controversial parking charges in Northallerton will come into force on June 2.
Work is due to begin next week on preparations for new parking arrangements which some traders have criticised amid fears the move could stop shoppers coming into the town centre.
However North Yorkshire County Council believes local business will benefit because motorists will be encouraged to use off-street car parks for longer stays. It says as well as freeing up spaces in the High Street for short-term shoppers it will also reduce congestion.
Parking in the High Street will be free for 30 minutes, or 80p for one hour and £1.60 for two. Residents’ permits will not be affected.