Ilkley Parking Review

Purpose of the consultation

Parking demand in Ilkley has been high for numerous years, with residents, commuters and visitors all competing for a limited number of on and off street parking spaces.


Consequently, Consultants, Steer Davies & Gleave were commissioned in 2017 to undertake a review of parking in and around Ilkley town centre, and made recommendations to improve town centre parking. The report can be viewed below.


The Council wants to know local people’s views on these recommendations before a final decision is made.


The recommendations include:


Recommendation 1: Protect on street parking for use by short stay shoppers and encourage turnover

Recommendation 2: Introduce resident parking schemes to reduce commuter parking in residential areas

Recommendation 3: Increase tariffs at South Hawksworth Street car park and reinvest additional income into parking facilities


Recommendation 4: Improve Blue Badge parking provision


Recommendation 5: Review the business permit scheme with a view to reducing business permit parking provision


Recommendation 6: Improve presentation and co-ordination of alternative travel options


Recommendation 7: Undertake an urban realm study to identify ways of improving the pedestrian environment


As parking charges are being considered for Ilkley Lido by Bradford Council’s Sports and Culture Services, we have extended the scope of the review to include Ilkley Lido and Riverside Gardens to account for the potential impact of any changes.


The following plans show both existing and proposed waiting restrictions in and around the town centre.


Pay and display parking would allow 30 minutes free of charge, there will be a maximum stay of two hours in the centre, with allowance for longer stay parking away from the centre.


Please take time to study these draft proposals. The Council would welcome your feedback and suggestions before we detailed proposals are progressed. This means that any proposals progressed may differ from these plans.


Let us know your views


You can email comments to


We will also be holding a drop in session on Monday, 8 October between 1pm and 7pm at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley where people can view draft proposals, discuss them with Officers, and comment.


What will the money from pay and display parking be used for?


In the first instance, income from pay and display will contribute to the implementation and on-going costs of the Ilkley parking review, such as legal fees and residents parking permits.


Any surplus income from pay and display parking across the district is ring-fenced for parking, highway, transport or environmental projects.


In the case of Ilkley, it will contribute to a study of the public realm in Ilkley town centre with a view to future improvements around safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists in line with recommendations from the consultant’s report.


What will the charges be?


It is proposed that the first 30 minutes will be free for on street parking. Any stay between 30 minutes and 1 hour will be £1 with a stay up to 2 hours charged at £2.  Where available, an all day stay may be up to £6.


When will the review be implemented?


The review could be implemented early in the New Year.


Can the proposals be changed?


Yes, we will consider all comments and if justified, we will make changes to the proposals. It is important you do not assume these proposals will be implemented as detailed. Instead, please check the proposals when they are formally advertised.


Can I object to these proposals?


Before the proposals can be introduced, they will have to be formally advertised. As part of this process, formal objections can be received.


Will there be evening parking charges?


Evening parking charges for street are not presently being considered as part of this review.


Will there be charges on Sundays?


There are already charges in the South Hawksworth Street car park on Sundays, it is not proposed to change this for parking on street.


How many permits will I get?


You will be entitled to one permit per vehicle, and one visitor permit per property. For further information, see our Parking permits section.


Will additional off street parking be provided in Ilkley?


The possible addition of car parking is being discussed with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.


Will additional park and ride facilities be provided?


The Council is in the early stages of considering the feasibility of additional park and ride facilities in the area.

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