Big freeze on town parking charges

MOTORISTS in Filey are set for a festive boost under plans to stall parking charges in the town.

Scarborough Council has revealed proposals to freeze costs at Filey Country Park and West Avenue car parks.

Parking will remain at £1.50 for one hour, £2.50 for two hours and £4 for a six hour stay.

The council has removed charges for four hours parking in a bid to encourage visitors to stay longer in the town.

Charges in Station Avenue have also been left unchanged after the car park suffered a 33 per cent drop in income, owing to Tesco’s offer of free parking.

However, off-street parking permits are set to rise.

The plans include an increase for a permit in both Country Park and West Avenue, which would rise to £94 from its current level of £90.

Parking permits in the Old Council Offices Yard will also go up £17, from £318 to £333.

The council has also proposed to introduce a permit for Filey Country Park - for Yacht Club Members only - at a cost of £51.

The permit would only be valid on Saturdays and Sundays.

The charge for lost or replacement permits has also been set at £23.

Members of Filey Town Council welcomed the fee freezes, but were still hopeful of adding to the situation to give drivers an extra lift.

Cllr John Haxby told the meeting: “I still think we should push for residents’ concessions.

“There is very little public open space in Filey that people can go without incurring parking costs.

“For them to keep ripping us off up there sticks in the craw.”