Car parking proposals approved by Cabinet members

12/06/2018, PR8821

​Senior councillors have approved changes to parking provision across the district. 

Cllr Matthew Morley
Cllr Matthew Morley

​Feedback from residents, who took part in a consultation last year, has shaped the changes which were confirmed today (12 June). This will ensure a consistent approach to charging and enable income generated from the changes to be used to fund improvements for the car parks, bringing benefits to local residents and visitors to our district.

A limit of three hours for free parking will be set at Thornes Park - Holmfield Park, Stork Lodge and Thornes Park Stadium, Minsthorpe Leisure Centre, Normanton Leisure Centre and Library, and Pontefract Pool.

​The move will help to protect car parking for the people who use these facilities, after surveys had found that shoppers and commuters were using certain spaces for all-day parking, limiting the availability of spaces. The change will also enable the Council to take any enforcement action to address any issues.

At the meeting, Cabinet members also agreed for parking charges to be introduced at Anglers Country Park, seven days a week, but at a revised lower rate. This is in direct response to feedback from the consultation.

Charging days at Newmillerdam will increase from six to seven days. These changes will bring both parks in line with Pugneys Country Park, which already has seven day a week charging.

Cllr Matthew Morley, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, said: "Residents' feedback has played a key part in developing these changes and I thank everyone for sharing their views.

"We scrapped the proposal to introduce overnight, Sunday and Bank Holiday charging at our current pay-and-display car parks and on-street parking after listening to the concerns from residents and businesses, and have revised the charges at Anglers.

"I also want to assure everyone that income generated from the changes will be used to fund improvements to our car parks, and improve our facilities for local people."

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