THE amount of money Craven District Council receives from parking permits continues to be ‘relatively low’ because people are continuing to work from home.

In the period from April to June, the council received £11,353 income from parking permits, £8,044 less than it received between July to September in 2021.

The revenue the council received from pay and display parking in April to June was £306,327. The amount was £55,020 less than October to December, 2021, but £174,670 more than in January to March, 2020.

For the first time, more than half, 50.8 percent of car parking payments were paid by card rather than by cash.

The report to the council’s policy committee states “Permit income continues to be relatively low as a result of continued home or flexible working. We expect this to remain the case in the short term, though income has increased slightly in quarter one (April to June).”

It continues that pay and display card payments maintain a relatively even split, but with card payments overtaking cash payments for the first time.

In a joint project with the Yorkshire Dales national park authority, the council is in the process of completing a public electric vehicle charging network that will ensure access to at least two public sockets in every town, larger villages and major tourist destinations in the district.

It is predicted installation will be finished by the end of the year.

There are currently 11 public locations where electric car charging is available. Installation is in progress at four more and funding is being explored for a further four more areas.