£5 Million From Parking for Scarborough Council

£5 Million From Parking for Scarborough Council
Proposed parking charge suspension for Christmas shoppers in Whitby and Scarborough
The council’s portfolio holder for leisure, Cllr Martin Smith (Con) will be asked to approve the annual measure on Monday (12th).

In Scarborough, the car parks included are Castle Road, Falconers Road, Friarsway, North Street, North Terrace, St Nicholas Parade, St Thomas Street, Victoria Road, Westwood and William Street.

In Whitby Church Street, Cliff Street, Marina Back, Marina Front and St Hilda’s Terrace will all be available to shoppers.

The report, which will go before Cllr Smith, adds: All other car parks in Scarborough are unaffected by these proposals and charging will remain in place on those car parks.

“In addition, this does not affect on-street charges as these are under the control of North Yorkshire County Council and any income derived from on-street car parking is transferred to the County Council.

“The practice of offering some form of free parking in the council’s off-street car parks during the Christmas period had become established over the years.

“It is estimated that the cost to the council on concessions is in the region of £10,000.”

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Carl Gavaghan at 12:58pm 7th November 2018. (Updated at 1:37pm 7th November 2018)

Scarborough Councils parking income fell slightly in the last financial year, but the authority still took in more than £5 million from drivers.

The report only covers penalty notices issued in off-street car parks. Figures for 2017/18 show that income from car parks and fines was down by £44,566, less than one per cent, on the previous year, to £5,182,162.

However, the total number paid went up from 67.8% to 68.11%. The total income from fines fell to £99,171 from £123,918.

The figures, prepared as part of the borough councils annual parking services report, once again shows that parking in Whitby brings in the most money for the authority.

The income generated from car parks in Whitby was £2,496,500,  £393,999 more than in Scarborough.

The report, prepared by the councils director of legal services, Lisa Dixon, also showed the benefits of appealing against any penalty notice issued.

Half of the drivers who appealed either formally or informally against a penalty notice had their ticket squashed.

Although Scarborough Council has a legal agreement with North Yorkshire county council to deliver the on-street enforcement service, the county is the enforcing authority and, therefore, is responsible for reporting the figures.