DRIVERS in Tadcaster and Sherburn-in Elmet will still be able to park in council car parks free, Selby Council has decided, even though drivers in other parts of the district will have to pay
The council’s executive board decided to increase parking charges by 20 per cent at their meeting on July 7 – but the decision does not apply to Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet.
It means that Central area car park, which has 154 car parking spaces, and Britannia car park near the bus station, which has 94 spaces, will remain free.
Tadcaster Councillor Richard Sweeting (Cons, Tad East) said: “It is my belief that the land for the car park was given to the people of Tadcaster in the early ‘70s and that the land was therefore given to the town.
“There has always been free parking at this site and I think this will encourage shoppers into the town more and support our local economy. Both car parks are very popular and get pretty full both during the day and at night too. It is about supporting the future of the town.”
Sherburn-in-Elmet’s car park on Church Lane will also be one of the few remaining free car park’s under the new proposals.
Tadcaster brewery worker Carol Waterhouse,who lives in nearby Towton, said she often comes into Tadcaster on a weekend to use the supermarkets and uses the town’s free car parks.
She said “I think it is fantastic that Tadcaster still has free parking and it is great when there are big events or functions in the town, for example the car show where people come from all over, and that people can still park around here for free.If people are going to the doctor’s here, near the Britannia car park, they do not want to have to pay for that do they?”
“It is helping the local economy. Although I would still like to see more shops in Tadcaster as there are a few empty shops at the moment.”
The Pay and display car parks run by Selby District Council which have increased charges have now been re-accredited with ‘Parkmark’ status; which means they are maintained to the highest standards and feature safety and security, the council said.
The report to the Executive meeting was delivered by Coun Chris Metcalfe. He said of the increased charges across the SeLby district: “Charges have not increased for three years, during which time the cost of operating the car parks has risen by around 15 per cent.
“That’s been a deliberate attempt to support local businesses during the worst of the recession. We’re not talking about huge increases here. The reality is that charges for parking in Selby will remain some of the lowest in the region.
“Our approach to increase use of car parks has worked, with a knock-on benefit for our businesses; a record that I’m proud of.”
The rise, which is the first in three years, could lead to Selby District Council recieivng an extra £60,000 through income from motorists.