Controversial parking restrictions will be introduced in Whitby by Easter.
The county council has already begun lining and signing work in Whitby to ensure the parking measures can be introduced alongside the start of the park and ride bus service.
“We will make every effort to ensure that these necessary works can be carried out with minimum inconvenience to residents and businesses, said county councillor Joe Plant. “But we look forward to the start of the park and ride which will reduce congestion in the town for residents and visitors alike and also provide the necessary boost to Whitby’s tourism.”
The original parking scheme was made smaller after huge public outcry following the controversial decision in September last year.
The scheme was re-consulted upon in November last year and approved by county councillors at the end of January this year.
Residents within the parking zone will be required to purchase an annual permit to allow them to park outside their homes, while visiting vehicles will be restricted to the length of time they can remain.
The work to implement the zones will continue until April 17, meaning it will continue through the busy Easter holiday. However, a spokesperson said this was necessary for work to be completed prior to the opening of the park and ride service during the Easter weekend.
Road closures and some parking prohibition will take place across some areas of Whitby from March 31.
The county council is this week sending letters to residents and businesses in affected streets to keep them informed of the developments.
There will also be on-street signs advising when roads are closed or parking suspended.
Residents have been warned that if they ignore these restrictions, parking tickets may be issued.
A section of North Promenade, all of North Terrace and part of East Terrace will incorporate areas of pay and display parking from April 14.
The parking area at Sandsend will also become pay and display.
Work to put up parking signs and mark parking bays has started in these locations.
Changes will also be made to one way streets. Crescent Place will be changed to two-way, and East Terrace and part of North Terrace, between East Terrace and Esplanade, will be changed to one way anticlockwise. This will allow the parking to be arranged diagonally to the kerb, which will allow more parking spaces to be included.