Fears that parking charges will be bad for business
Traders in Yarm fear their businesses will be badly hit by plans to charge for parking. Lisa Chapman, who runs a beauty salon, says the changes may deter shoppers and visitors from coming to the Teesside market town.
But the Leader of Stockton Council, Councillor Bob Cook, says the current system, which allows limited free parking, isn't working and installing meters is the most effective way of dealing with the problem.
Stockton South's MP James Wharton has branded Stockton Borough Council's controversial decision to implement parking charges on Yarm high street as a "disgrace". The 12 proposed parking meters are reported to cost £4300 each.
Stockton Borough Council is hoping to bring in parking charges to the town in May, claiming they will generate much needed revenue.
But the move has been opposed by the MP, local businesses and residents.
Taxpayers in Yarm face a bill of up to £50,000 because the town council lost its legal challenge against parking charges plans.
Stockton Council is welcoming the High Court ruling supporting its proposals for pay and display along the High Street.
Campaigners say it may damage the local economy and inconvenience residents.
The town's Mayor, Jason Hadlow, says Yarm Town Council had been asked by the people of the town to fight the charges and that is what they had done.
He told ITV News he was 'incredibly disappointed' after losing the Judicial Review. Stockton Council says it isn't surprised by the High Court's decision and believes it is another confirmation that it continues to follow a proper process to improve parking in Yarm.
A hot air balloon has been stolen from a site at Low Worsall, near Yarm. **North Yorkshire Police are appealing for information after thieves took the balloon on July 15. It was stored in**** a silver and white trailer along with everything needed to fly the balloon.**
Anyone with information is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting reference 12120116414.