Councillors back parking rule change

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Councillors have gone against officer recommendations in the on-going saga of winter parking restrictions in Whitby.

A decision on whether to increase charges for some of the town centre public car parks during the winter had already been put on hold by the borough council in December.

Consequently a decision on a seperate proposal to increase free parking in disc zones from two to three hours was also set to be put back by the county council.

But, members of the Yorkshire Coast and Moors County Area Committee sided with the local residents and businesses who were in favour of the change.

Following the meeting last Wednesday Cllr Joe Plant, for Whitby’s West Cliff ward said: “I proposed that we respect the majority of the residents wishes. It was unanimously agreed at that meeting and now goes back to the county council.

“Officers wanted to defer it because of the decision from Scarborough about car parks in the winter period.

“It is complicated but my personal thoughts are if we lift the restrictions for the zones in the winter, there is no need to increase the charges in West Cliff car park.

“It is surrounded by the zones, nobody is going to pay to use it when the roadside metres are free.”