Yorkshire Water car park charges

Like many Yorkshire folk, i enjoy a walk of an evening or at the weekend and a great asset we have a lot of is our reservoirs. Strolling around a reservoir is good for the body and soul, there’s something about being near water that relaxing and stimulating, especially when you’re a few hours drive from the sea.

Damflask, a nice Reservoir walk

Langsett Reservour is one of my favourites, it’s a lovely walk with moors in the distance and pine trees all around. There’s a lovely cafe nearby and a pub as well – it’s featured in a couple of my Peak District walking books. The news that Yorkshire Water is going to start charging for parking at this site – and others – leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

I get that facilities need maintaining and that this can cost a lot of money. The way i look at it, though, is that Yorkshire Water maintains these walkways and allowed access to them for the good of its customers. It promotes the walks on its website, urging people to get out there and get healthy. It was, in essence, a ‘nice’ thing to do. And people appreciated it.

But now, the car parking charges. Encouraging people who can’t afford this added expense at, let’s face it, one of the trickiest times in history, to park dangerously on busy local roads and kerbs to save a few quid. Maybe encouraging people to stay at home and not get out into the countryside. The majority of people doing these walks are paying Yorkshire Water customers who looked upping the outdoor routes they offer as a pleasant public service they were grateful for. Now they’ll have to queue up to get a ticket before putting on their walking boots.

How much is enough?

So how much is enough? How much money does Yorkshire Water have to make before it can carry carry out philanthropic when like this in the community. £1 million? £2 million? £10 million?

Last year, Yorkshire Water made £142 million. It made £142 million from water. on top of that, it was allowed not to pay any Corporation Tax, saving it extra millions. I know that many places charge flies parking and I know that facilities cost money. But when did we become the kind of nation where public utilities are making so much money and grabbing an extra few quid of people rather than using their huge profits to give something back. Other countries are not so greedily obsessed with parking charges in royal areas and it’s time Yorkshire Water did a bit of rethinking about this decision.

Published by peternaldrett

I'm a writer who contributes to newspapers and magazines on a regular basis and has also published several outdoor guides to the Peaks, Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. I write educational material for multiple publishers and have just finished writing my first book for Bloomsbury - out in 2019. My new Peak District Year Round Walks is out now.

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