Parking charges for park

VISITORS to a historic site are set to be hit with parking fees.

Parking charges are set to be introduced at Hardwick Park, in Sedgefield, from July.

Like local authorities throughout the country, Durham County Council has to make substantial savings over the next four years as a result of the reduction in government funding.

The introduction of parking charges at the popular facility is one of many proposals being introduced by the county council in response to new budgets.

The charge paid will directly benefit the park and help staff to maintain it to current high standards, while continuing the excellent programme of education and events.

For regular visitors to the park, a season ticket is available that equates to a parking charge of just 21p a day.

From July 1 charges will be:

l Up to two hours £2;

l More than two hours: £3;

l Season ticket: £75.

A consultation has been launched to give people a chance to have a say on the plan.

To give a view on the introduction of the charges, contact Loraine Holding at Durham County Council, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UL. Alternatively peole can email: and quote “Hardwick”.

Comments must be received by Friday, May 18.