No date set for Swinsty and Fewston parking charges, says Yorkshire Water
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Last updated Jun 9, 2023
Swinsty Reservoir. Picture: Colin Corker.
Swinsty Reservoir. Picture: Colin Corker.

Yorkshire Water has said no date has been set for the introduction of parking charges at Harrogate district reservoirs.

The company is to introduce payment machines and automatic number plate recognition at Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross car parks.

It said previously that the revenue generated will help to pay for an in-house rangers team, which would undertake maintenance jobs and tackle anti-social behaviour at its sites.

Proposals for parking machines at both Fewston and Swinsty reservoirs were approved by Harrogate Borough Council in September last year.

The Stray Ferret asked Yorkshire Water this week if it had confirmed an implementation date for the machines.

A spokesperson said a date had yet to be confirmed and that the plans were “still in progress”.

While no date has been set for when charges will come in, Yorkshire Water said they will include season tickets for one or multiple sites.

A spokesperson told the Stray Ferret previously:

“There will be an option for visitors to purchase a ‘season ticket’ for the year which can cover just one car park or all car parks in the Washburn Valley, obviously this will work out cheaper than ‘pay as you go’ option, depending on how frequently people visit.

“The prices for the season tickets will be £30 per annum for a single site and £45 per annum for multiple sites. Blue badge holders, as previously stated, will be able to park free of charge.”


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Car park users will be able to pay via card payment on site, by using the RingGo app or telephone.

The proposed tariffs will be one hour at £1, two hours at £2, six hours at £3 and an all day pass for £5.

Bransby Wilson Parking Solutions, based in York, has been appointed to operate the parking meters.