A NEW "frequent user" car-park permit has been launched to try and reduce pressures caused by roadside parking in and around a North York Moors village.

The National Park Authority has launched the permit for its Newton-under-Roseberry car park for a trial period of one year. It costs £22.50 for 12 months.

The park's head of recreation and ranger services, Debbie Trafford, said:"It’s fantastic that so many people from across Teesside and further afield want to get out in the national park and enjoy one of our most iconic landmarks.

“We are acutely aware, however, that increasing numbers of visitors are choosing to park on the roadside, and this is causing severe disruption for residents and other motorists. We also understand that many of our regular visitors are only parking for a short while, and might be reluctant to pay the £2.50 for a two hour stay in the carpark.

“We would like to encourage anyone who regularly visits the area to please apply for a permit. All the fees raised from our car parks are used to maintain the facilities to a high standard, and indeed help look after the rest of the National Park as well.”

To buy a permit, please contact Julia Jewitt at the park on 01439-772700.