The scheme for parking in Whitby as it currently stands seems to be unworkable for various reasons. The fact that there are so many different zones will make life very difficult for residents if they cannot find a parking space near their home.
The scheme does not give any priority to residents, despite this claim being made as a reason for introducing the scheme. The design of the zones does not seem to be based on empirical evidence, nor is the scheme derived from best practice in other locations.
Many of the people in the East side of Whitby – some of the least well off in Whitby – are excluded from the zones, and will have to pay to park in the town. There is a risk that this will result in social exclusion, discouraging people from using facilities in the centre of Whitby, and increasing isolation as people have to pay to visit family and friends in other parts of their town.
The scheme may discourage people from visiting Whitby, and seems to impose a “local tax” on people, which means that the less well off visitors are further disadvantaged, at a time when public transport provision is limited and threatened with further cuts. The same applies to lower paid workers in the town, who may travel in from nearby villages, for example.
The provision of transport from the Park and Ride sites seems to be inadequate to cope with anticipated numbers.
In my view the scheme needs to be scrapped, and open consultation be undertaken with residents and other interested parties to address the issues around parking in Whitby, informed by best practice elsewhere.