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VISIT HELMSLEY NEWS • Updated , 9:57 am

“Pop in to Shop” car parking spaces come to Helmsley

Seven parking spaces newly available in town centre to allow shoppers 20 minutes free parking to pop in to local facilities and businesses

A new parking initiative is being introduced into Helmsley to help make life easier for local shoppers.

An idea put forward by the Helmsley in Business group has now been given the go ahead by Ryedale District Council and will see residents and visitors able to park free of charge for a maximum of 20 minutes in designated bays, to give them time to pop in to use local facilities and businesses.

Seven new ‘Quick Stop’ spaces will be available in the Market Place as of 10th April, and will be clearly marked in yellow along the side of the car park closest to Cut Price Books and Spear Travel. Two spaces are for blue badge holders and five for general use. Although all drivers will still need to get a ticket from the machine, as long as they stay 20 mins or less no payment will be required. It is hoped the spaces will stop cars parking dangerously and illegally at the end of Borogate to go to the shops and Post Office, and blocking access, or in the side streets around the town centre.

The town team which has achieved this is made up of all relevant local authorities, Helmsley Town Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Ryedale District Council and the North York Moors National Park as well as the Helmsley in Business Group.  Helmsley is now being used as a model for other wards and towns across the district in the “town team” approach, designed to take action quickly to make multi agency improvements where possible. As with all off-street parking in Helmsley, use of the spaces will be patrolled and enforced by Scarborough Borough Council from 8am to 6.30pm.

Carolyn Frank, Chairman of Helmsley in Business and owner of Libby Butler Jewellers, said: “We’ve been talking about this idea for a long time. Residents were always telling business owners that the price of parking for an hour was putting them off popping in to a local business when they don’t need very long to post a parcel, buy something for dinner, return a library book, pop to the public toilets, buy a newspaper and so on.  So, we began talking to Ryedale District Council about a solution to help in these situations. Hopefully this will free up more spaces in general for parking, as there’ll be a quicker turnaround so it will be easier to find a space without a wait.  We are always looking for ways to improve our wonderful town and along with this great new parking initiative, we also welcome the introduction of a community officer for Helmsley by Ryedale District Council, with whom we can discuss issues and ideas for further community improvements.”

It is planned that, before long, the scheme will be extended to cover more spaces north of the Market Place, on land owned by the North Yorkshire County Council with the same ticket system. The ‘Quick Stop’ spaces follow the reintroduction of free coach parking and later in the year, there will also be the introduction of free overnight parking at the Cleveland Way long stay car park for six motorhomes.

Carolyn continued: “Hopefully all of these initiatives will make parking more flexible, affordable and practical and help people to use local businesses and organisations, which is to the benefit of everyone in the local community. The next major project will be to find and introduce more off street parking to increase capacity in Helmsley. As our town grows, so should the parking facilities. We want to avoid dangerous on street parking which disrupts residents and causes blockages for emergency services and larger farm vehicles and I urge residents and visitors to use all the flexible off-steet parking solutions available from Ryedale District Council including pop in to shop spaces, smart cards and residents’ parking permits”

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