CHANGES to Craven District Council's car parks - including a price increase - are due to come into force from Monday.

Skipton's central High Street Car Park will become short term only, with a maximum stay of up to four hours.

'Pop and shop', half an hour for 20p parking spaces are being introduced at the town's Coach Street Car Park, and designated overnight bays for motorhomes at Coach Street and Greenfoot Car Park in Settle.

Prices will also go up by 10p at Cavendish Street and Coach Street car parks in Skipton; at Ashfield, Greenfoot and Whitefriars in Settle, and at the Community Centre, and Backgate car parks in Ingleton.

Short term parking charges are also due to start at Craven Leisure Car Park, with free permits being given out to members and swimming lesson customers. There will also be refunds to users of the centre's Revive Cafe.

Holders of disabled badges will from Monday pay the same as all motorists, although they will be allowed an extra 30 minutes at the pop and shop bays at the High Street and Coach Street car parks in Skipton.

Coach charging on the Skipton High Street car park has also been simplified, with only three tariffs instead of five, plus a price increase.

Overnight HGV parking on High Street Car Park, Cavendish Street Car Park in Skipton. Greenfoot and Whitefriars in Settle and Backgate in Ingleton will be £10 from 6pm to 8am.

Paul Ellis, Craven District Council’s director of services, said: “The council has not increased its parking charges for six years. However, we are now faced with increasing financial pressures, including a significant increase in non-domestic rates payable on car parks, increasing operational costs and a reduction in central support grant and it is not sustainable to maintain parking charges at the same level for ever.

“Rather than apply a blanket increase in charges as in previous years a considered approach has been taken, reviewing each individual car park and how the car parking experience can be improved for customers.”

The Council operates eleven pay and display car parks, six in Skipton, three in Settle and two in Ingleton and regulates charges to manage demand from residents, business and visitors