Northallerton traders and residents appeal for a longer consultation period for proposed on-street parking charges

The Northern Echo: Northallerton High Street Northallerton High Street

A TOWN has issued a heartfelt plea to be given longer to respond to an attempt to impose on-street parking charges.

North Yorkshire County Council wants to introduce the scheme to Northallerton next year before rolling it out across the rest of the county.

It would see free parking in the High Street, Zetland Street, Hatfield Road, Quaker Lane and South Parade cut from the current from two hours to 30 minutes.

Then motorists leaving vehicles parked on one of the High Street's 250 spaces would be able to do so for a maximum of two hours, for 80p an hour.

The plan has already attracted considerable controversy locally and a consultation exercise launched by the county council in November is die to come to a close on January 3.

But the local town council has now called on the county to extend the deadline to the end of February.

At their meeting this week members pointed out that the results of a major economic study for Hambleton’s five market towns were not expected until the end of the festive season.

And some councillors fear that would be too late for them to include anything relevant that emerges in their response to the parking consultation if the deadline remains as January 3.

The call came as Communities Secretary Eric Pickles set out a billion-pound package of support for the UK’s high streets which includes a new consultation to tackle aggressive parking policies.

The Government will also cap increases in parking penalty charges for the rest of this Parliament in an effort to make it cheaper and easier to park and encourage people to shop locally.

For the Northallerton consultation comments can be made online at northyorks.gov. uk/northallertonparking, or in writing to North Yorkshire County Council, Highways and Transportation, Area 2 Thirsk Office, Thirsk Industrial Park, York Road, Thirsk, YO7 3BX.

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9:28pm Sun 15 Dec 13

NO EINSTEIN says...

Why oh why are Hambleton District Council doing this !!!!!!!! they will destroy all the businesses, and stop people going into town.
They have passed planning permission for all those new house's on Yafforth Road that will give them over £300,000 in poll tax.
I assume its because there conservatives, they just hate anyone that makes money besides them.
God I HATE Hambleton District Council,,,
I saw there leaches out on Saturday near the market, several got tickets to make sure they did not come back.
Why oh why are Hambleton District Council doing this !!!!!!!! they will destroy all the businesses, and stop people going into town. They have passed planning permission for all those new house's on Yafforth Road that will give them over £300,000 in poll tax. I assume its because there conservatives, they just hate anyone that makes money besides them. God I HATE Hambleton District Council,,, I saw there leaches out on Saturday near the market, several got tickets to make sure they did not come back. NO EINSTEIN

5:34pm Mon 16 Dec 13

spragger says...

NYCC is a shambles, they will do anything to protect the senior teams high salaries, unaffordable pensions & redundancy packages
They are also talking about increasing the Council Tax.

They ask poor taxpayers to pay more Council Tax & to pay to park in their own town.
The Cheek!
NYCC is a shambles, they will do anything to protect the senior teams high salaries, unaffordable pensions & redundancy packages They are also talking about increasing the Council Tax. They ask poor taxpayers to pay more Council Tax & to pay to park in their own town. The Cheek! spragger

7:38pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Alan.... says...

Practically, half an hour is neither fresh water nor foul PLUS the only reason the limit is so low is because a higher one wouldn't yield enough income. This has nothing to do with traffic flows and everything to do with fundraising. Eric Pickles has just written to Councils against raising charges and this is exactly that - a free system (for all it's faults and abuses) being replaced by a system to get 80% of users to pay. The Town Council and Hambleton DC do not have anything more than a say - the decision will be taken by the unaffected NYCC political machine. BUT each person who uses the High Street (and others) SHOULD speak up and use the NYCC website. Apathy will win if people the people do nothing effective (whingeing doesn't count as effective).
Practically, half an hour is neither fresh water nor foul PLUS the only reason the limit is so low is because a higher one wouldn't yield enough income. This has nothing to do with traffic flows and everything to do with fundraising. Eric Pickles has just written to Councils against raising charges and this is exactly that - a free system (for all it's faults and abuses) being replaced by a system to get 80% of users to pay. The Town Council and Hambleton DC do not have anything more than a say - the decision will be taken by the unaffected NYCC political machine. BUT each person who uses the High Street (and others) SHOULD speak up and use the NYCC website. Apathy will win if people the people do nothing effective (whingeing doesn't count as effective). Alan....

3:39pm Wed 18 Dec 13

roaduser98 says...

spragger wrote:
NYCC is a shambles, they will do anything to protect the senior teams high salaries, unaffordable pensions & redundancy packages
They are also talking about increasing the Council Tax.

They ask poor taxpayers to pay more Council Tax & to pay to park in their own town.
The Cheek!
This sounds as though all these councils are the same! Durham is almost beyond a joke. Saving a million pounds on the Care Connect scheme running costs, at the same time wanting to become property developers. You just couldn't make it up!!
[quote][p][bold]spragger[/bold] wrote: NYCC is a shambles, they will do anything to protect the senior teams high salaries, unaffordable pensions & redundancy packages They are also talking about increasing the Council Tax. They ask poor taxpayers to pay more Council Tax & to pay to park in their own town. The Cheek![/p][/quote]This sounds as though all these councils are the same! Durham is almost beyond a joke. Saving a million pounds on the Care Connect scheme running costs, at the same time wanting to become property developers. You just couldn't make it up!! roaduser98

4:03pm Wed 18 Dec 13

roaduser98 says...

Quote:
Apathy will win if people the people do nothing effective (whingeing doesn't count as effective).
Most people who vote for these clowns think that once they have voted
the elected councilor will do their very best to ensure fairness and financial propriety is maintained. Reality is, they don't do either.
Quote: Apathy will win if people the people do nothing effective (whingeing doesn't count as effective). Most people who vote for these clowns think that once they have voted the elected councilor will do their very best to ensure fairness and financial propriety is maintained. Reality is, they don't do either. roaduser98

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