Plans for new parking tariffs trial in Scarborough car parks

A one-year trial of new parking tariffs in some of Scarborough’s car parks is set to begin following lobbying of the borough council by traders.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 10:01 am
Updated Friday, 16th April 2021, 10:04 am

Scarborough Council is to add the option to allow people to pay to park for up to five and eight hours in order to encourage visitors to stay in the town longer.

The trial will be carried out in the Eastborough, Marine Drive, Quay Street, West Pier, South Bay Underground and the Spa Drive and Forecourt car parks, all of which are located in Scarborough.

Previously patrons only had the option to pay to stay for one, three, six or 24 hours.

The plans allow for drivers to park for longer in Scarborough.

The new tariffs will be charged at £6 for five hours and £8 for eight hours.

Approval for the trial is set to be granted by the council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Tony Randerson, on Wednesday next week.

In a report prepared for Cllr Randerson it states that the added options for motorists were requested by traders.

It states: “Discussions have taken place with representatives of the South Bay Traders who raised their concerns around the lack of tariffs.

All of the car parks included in the trial are in Scarborough.

“As a result the changes, which are proposed, will offer the choice to the motorist that they believe will encourage people to stay longer into the evening.”

The report adds: “Through recent discussions with local businesses, it has been suggested that patrons of the local car parks have queried the lack of choice in relation to the durations of stay available and the associated tariffs on offer.

“An example provided is that visitors arriving mid-morning are reluctant to purchase a 24-hour ticket.

“It has been suggested that such visitors are more likely to purchase a six-hour ticket, thereby leaving prior to the end of the parking charge period.

“The option of an eight-hour ticket would allow visitors to stay later into the evening (beyond the end of the daily charging period) without purchasing a 24 hour ticket. This could result in benefits to the evening economy with visitors staying longer as opposed to leaving mid-afternoon.”

The shorter five-hour tariff will also be trialled following feedback.