Parking plans give boost to motorists

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MOTORISTS in Scarborough have been handed some festive cheer after changes to plans in car parking charges in the town.

Scarborough Council has announced prospective winter charges in Marine Drive next year will be curbed at £1 between November and March for up to 24 hours.

The council had initially revealed plans to charge £2 for up to six hours and £3 for 24 hours.

However, members of the council’s Cabinet opted to impose the flat £1 fee for 24 hours, as Cllr Andrew Backhouse has made clear following our report on Wednesday.

The council has now set a deadline of February next year for public consultation on the plans.

The changes have been put down to the need to reduce a predicted shortfall in parking revenue.

Brian Bennett, the council’s head of tourism and culture, said:

“The council’s overall budget strategy is heavily reliant upon sustaining parking income, which is currently approaching £4.6 million per annum and in order to reflect this, charges and tariffs are annually reviewed.”