Council reaps 1,200 per cent increase in parking fees and fines

Darlington and Stockton Times: Parking row: Northallerton High Street, where current disc zone parking is being  replaced with charges Parking row: Northallerton High Street, where current disc zone parking is being replaced with charges

CONCERNS are growing over car parking charges and enforcement after it was revealed that Hambleton District Council made over £550,000 from them last year.

It’s also been revealed that 2,083 parking tickets were issued in Richmond raising £58,897 last year - a rise of 1,200 per cent compared to £4,290 in 2011 when North Yorkshire police were responsible for traffic enforcement.

In Hambleton, residents and traders fear the car parks are being used as a “cash cow” to make money in the face of budget cuts.

And in Northallerton, shopkeepers have warned that there are already fewer visitors. Next week parking charges are being imposed in the High Street for the first time by North Yorkshire County Council.

Marcus Grover of Grovers Toys said: "Our car parks are now being used less, we have fewer visitors. This is a direct result of people being put off by the inconvenience of pay and display and parking fines.”

Mark Willoughby of Mitchell’s Newsagents, who has been in the town for 30 years, said: "They are making all this money and my concern is they are making Northallerton a place where people don’t want to come. It is also very confusing.

“Takings are down and I believe it is the charges. It is going to be worse when they come in on the High Street.”

Income from the charges was revealed after a freedom of information request by scrutiny group the Armchair Auditors.

Spokesman Ian Watkins said:”They are using these charges as a cash cow, trying to raise money when they should be looking after the residents and using their reserves.”

Richmond student Stewart Peterson discovered the dramatic rise in parking fines after submitting freedom of information requests to Scarborough Borough Council which enforces regulations.

“Residents and businesses in Richmond say they are concerned about the impact of the new parking enforcement measures on the town,” he said.

Antique shop owner Christine Swift, 73, said:”I have already had at least six tickets this year, the new wardens hound people.”

A Scarborough Borough Council spokeswoman said: “The increase is simply down to the introduction of effective control of parking infringements such as abuse of double yellow lines or parking longer than is permitted or has been paid for. It’s essential if we are to maintain the safety of our roads, keep traffic flowing and show respect to those who do park correctly.”

Hambleton District Council is due to issue a statement tomorrow (June3)

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9:23pm Mon 2 Jun 14

mike1952 says...

The wardens in Richmond are ruthless - I have seen them giving a ticket to a car at 8.10am and I am sure the restrictions do not come in until 8.00am so within 10 minutes . I am sure there is no need for free flow of traffic at that time in the morning - they issue straight away no waiting for a few minutes to see if owner returns.. I also know of a trader who was targeted by the wardens who admitted it to her because she kept moving her car between different parking zones after 2 hours. Once that new development (mini Teesside Park) in Catterick is built Richmond will be left to the Tourists, the cafe's and the Charity shops. Free parking bigger shops - no hassle worrying about getting a ticket. Will the extra they get for Parking Fines eventually be outweight by empty shops paying no or reduced Council Tax
The wardens in Richmond are ruthless - I have seen them giving a ticket to a car at 8.10am and I am sure the restrictions do not come in until 8.00am so within 10 minutes . I am sure there is no need for free flow of traffic at that time in the morning - they issue straight away no waiting for a few minutes to see if owner returns.. I also know of a trader who was targeted by the wardens who admitted it to her because she kept moving her car between different parking zones after 2 hours. Once that new development (mini Teesside Park) in Catterick is built Richmond will be left to the Tourists, the cafe's and the Charity shops. Free parking bigger shops - no hassle worrying about getting a ticket. Will the extra they get for Parking Fines eventually be outweight by empty shops paying no or reduced Council Tax mike1952
  • Score: 10

9:36pm Mon 2 Jun 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

These thieving Councils make me sick. They need to be made to realize who the hell they work for.
These thieving Councils make me sick. They need to be made to realize who the hell they work for. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 9

10:15pm Mon 2 Jun 14

chrisby33 says...

People of Yarm take note.... the grass is not greener on the other side of the borderpost... you think SBC are bar men for introducing parking charges? they guy make them look like amateurs
People of Yarm take note.... the grass is not greener on the other side of the borderpost... you think SBC are bar men for introducing parking charges? they guy make them look like amateurs chrisby33
  • Score: 5

11:23pm Mon 2 Jun 14

spragger says...

That is more non jobs, Chief Execs, senior teams, high salaries & unaffordable pensions saved.
- The taxpayer is over the moon
That is more non jobs, Chief Execs, senior teams, high salaries & unaffordable pensions saved. - The taxpayer is over the moon spragger
  • Score: -4

11:29pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Saveourtowns says...

Northallerton is much less busy than it used to be. Since the introduction of charges on the car parks, there are almost always free spaces. The same is also true of the spaces on the High Street. Clearly people are going to shop elsewhere. Yes, they have to pay to park in other towns, but there is a wider range of shops there too. Many years ago, Richmond reduced free parking from two hours to one hour. The cafés and restaurants were empty and the council soon had to reverse the policy. The way to bring people into the high street is to make it an attractive place to shop - free parking has always been one of the attractions of Northallerton High Street. Introduce these charges and watch the High Street die. Is that what our council wants? Surely not.
Northallerton is much less busy than it used to be. Since the introduction of charges on the car parks, there are almost always free spaces. The same is also true of the spaces on the High Street. Clearly people are going to shop elsewhere. Yes, they have to pay to park in other towns, but there is a wider range of shops there too. Many years ago, Richmond reduced free parking from two hours to one hour. The cafés and restaurants were empty and the council soon had to reverse the policy. The way to bring people into the high street is to make it an attractive place to shop - free parking has always been one of the attractions of Northallerton High Street. Introduce these charges and watch the High Street die. Is that what our council wants? Surely not. Saveourtowns
  • Score: 8

8:32am Tue 3 Jun 14

AlbertD says...

Do you moan if you forget to put you bin out and no-one knocks to remind you? Remember: The wardens have a job like the rest of us with rules and regulations. Thats what they work to. If you know you can't park for more than 2 hours then don't do it. If you know you have to pay for parking then pay it and everyone who drives should know what a yellow line is for.
I've never had a ticket, but then I park where I am allowed and for the correct length of time.
Instead of moaning, and getting upset because you think someone has a vendetta against you they probably don't - they are just doing their job. Maybe the issue is the police didn't so it effectively in the forst place....
Do you moan if you forget to put you bin out and no-one knocks to remind you? Remember: The wardens have a job like the rest of us with rules and regulations. Thats what they work to. If you know you can't park for more than 2 hours then don't do it. If you know you have to pay for parking then pay it and everyone who drives should know what a yellow line is for. I've never had a ticket, but then I park where I am allowed and for the correct length of time. Instead of moaning, and getting upset because you think someone has a vendetta against you they probably don't - they are just doing their job. Maybe the issue is the police didn't so it effectively in the forst place.... AlbertD
  • Score: 2

11:48am Tue 3 Jun 14

Lancelot says...

Two more places off my shopping list. Are the Councils trying to kill towns off?
I'll take my money elsewhere, even though I know that they won't miss it.
Two more places off my shopping list. Are the Councils trying to kill towns off? I'll take my money elsewhere, even though I know that they won't miss it. Lancelot
  • Score: 1

3:29pm Thu 5 Jun 14

settheworldonfire says...

Take a look at Crook Town center now...It is dying a death due to traffic wardens patrolling every day......Plus the market place is full of council workers cars during the week and no-one can park and shop in the town...It is time for Durham County Council to make their workers park out of town.....
Take a look at Crook Town center now...It is dying a death due to traffic wardens patrolling every day......Plus the market place is full of council workers cars during the week and no-one can park and shop in the town...It is time for Durham County Council to make their workers park out of town..... settheworldonfire
  • Score: 0

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