Council to re-invest parking fee profits

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HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds of profits from street parking in Scarborough is to be re-invested in park-and-ride schemes in Yorkshire’s busiest seaside resort.

North Yorkshire County Council made a £717,869 surplus in 2010/2011 from parking meters, permits and penalty charges, according to the annual parking review.

The additional money is being used by the county council to help subsidise park-and-ride schemes on the A64 and the A165 to the south of the town.

In addition, £93,365 was raised from penalty charges in off-street car parks in the resort.

The review stressed that sufficient parking spaces were still essential in the popular tourist destination and that initiatives like park and ride were “a support not a solution”.

North Yorkshire County Council’s portfolio holder for highways and transport, Councillor Andrew Backhouse, said: “The surplus from the parking charges will support improvements to traffic management in Scarborough, of which the two park-and-ride schemes are the first port of call.

“Over the three years of the park-and-ride, usage has been going up month-on-month and year-on-year, and this is encouraging green travel.

“Most of the surplus collected from the parking charges goes towards the park-and-ride schemes and once the initial capital costs we owe are paid off, it can also go towards other traffic projects in the town of Scarborough.”

The council is also considering offering free off-street parking in Scarborough and Whitby town centres on Thursdays from 3pm and Sundays in the run-up to Christmas in order to support the local economy, starting on December 8.

The scheme would cover 11 car parks in Scarborough and five in Whitby.

Parking is also set to be free every day from Monday December 19 until Christmas Day.