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Craven Pool parking charges could hurt leisure centre
12:00pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
Calls to bring in short term parking charges at Craven Pool in Skipton have received a lukewarm response from councillors.
Craven District Council’s select committee recommended charging for those parking in the car park for under three hours – in addition to those already paying for long stay.
But, last week, the council’s decision making policy committee drew back from the recommendation, alth-ough it did agree to ask officers to give the proposal further consideration.
A warmer response was given to plans to charge HGV and coach drivers who parked overnight in Skipton’s High Street car park, however.
Many councillors agreed that although it was a nuisance that the pool car park, off Gargrave Road was abused by office workers at Homeloan Management Ltd (HML), as well as those at Craven College and Aireville School, they did not want to inconvenience those using the pool and fitness centre or Aireville Park.
Coun Marcia Turner (Cons) said consideration should be given to those using the park and pointed out it was the one green area in the town where people could go and park for free.
She added that if charging was introduced, people would move onto the Rockwood estate, where residents were already annoyed by office workers parking throughout the day.
Coun Simon Myers (Cons) added the aim was to stop the car park being abused by those not using the pool, fitness centre or park and it was a shame that the employers did nothing about it.
Coun John Roberts (Cons), chairman of the select committee, said the suggestion was that ticket machines be installed similar to those used at Morrisons or B&W Stores, where legitimate users of the car park received a refund.
He added HGVs parking overnight in the High Street car park were damaging the council-owned car park and a £10 charge should be levied for them to park between 6pm and 8am.
In addition, his committee recommended the banning of HGVs from Hellifield car park and introduce charging at Backgate car park, Ingleton. HGVs should be allowed to park in the coach bays of Whitefriars car park, Settle overnight, and continue to park for free in Lairgill, Bentham.
Policy chairman Coun Chris Knowles-Fitton (Cons) said the recommendations would be passed on to officers for costings to see if they were practical.