Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

Responsibility for the Parking Scheme

Who owns Longhoughton Beach?
A charity called Howick Trustees Ltd owns the land from the hightide mark to the fence line west of the dunes.
Who is responsible for introducing this parking scheme?
Howick Trustees have been asked to control the parking on the site and after discussions with various parties, this was the solution that best achieved it.
Who will benefit from the introduction of this parking scheme?

Everyone – this will allow the area to be protected and the parking to be controlled so the environment will be preserved. Any surplus income will be spent on charitable objectives in line with Howick Trustees registered charitable objectives (Environment, education and heritage)

The need to introduce charges

Why is there a need for the introduction of charges for parking at Longhoughton Beach?
This is private land and there has been no right to park on it. While it was on a small scale and the land was not threatened by the numbers this was not an issue. Now it has become a problem, and we need to employ people to protect the area and maintain the car park. This needs to be paid for. Parking has never been free as there has been an honesty box with a minimum donation fee.
It is said that the charges will help protect the ecology and nature of the area, how will this happen?
By keeping the parking to a restricted area and employing a team to ensure it is preserved.
I have been parking on the dunes for many years and I live locally, why should I have to pay for parking when it has been free?
This is private land and there has been no right to park on it. While it was on a small scale and the land was not threatened by the numbers this was not an issue. Now it has become a problem, and we need to employ people to protect the area and maintain the car park. This needs to be paid for. Parking has never been free as there has been an honesty box with a minimum donation fee.

When will tickets be needed to Park

Will the requirement for tickets apply all year round or will it be restricted to certain periods?
The scheme will run all year round.

Facilities for Blue Badge Holders

I am a blue badge holder will I require a ticket to park.

Yes – it is anticipated there will be the option of purchasing a regular ticket if going for one-off visit or for those coming more regularly there will be a reduced rate season ticket for blue badge holders (approximately £15.00 to cover administration charges from the parking company).

Will there be reserved parking for Blue Badge holders?
No – there are no specific spaces on the site but rather a general parking area.

How will tickets be obtained?

How will I obtain a season ticket and how can I pay for it?
On the homepage, scroll down to the heading ‘How the car park will operate’ and at the bottom of the paragraph there is a link to Zatpermit, follow this link to obtain a season ticket.
How will day tickets be obtained and how can they be paid for?
Day tickets will be purchased via Ringo using an app / via telephone and will need to be bought once you have parked or by midnight on the day of your visit.
If I do not have access to the internet or own a smartphone, how can I purchase a ticket?
You can telephone Ringo using a landline on the day of your visit – even after you have left – and pay for your ticket.
If the car park is full when I wish to buy my ticket, will the system know and refuse the request, or will it still issue my ticket?
You will have 20 minutes to find a parking space before you are charged. If you have left within 20 minutes you will not be charged.
If I buy a ticket and find that the park is full when I arrive, what do I do?
You buy your ticket after you have arrived rather than beforehand – if you buy in advance, it will not guarantee you a parking space.

What will be the charges for parking?

Will there be a special rate for local people?
There are no plans for a special rate for local people, but the season ticket is priced at a low rate so it would be the same as visiting once a fortnight and making the same donation at the gate honesty box as at present.
What will a Season ticket cost?
£25.00
What will a day ticket cost?
£3.30
Will there be special charges for large vehicles including Motorhomes and Campervans?
Yes £8.00
How do you know whether this charge is going to be at the right level?
These charges will be adjusted as needed over time.

How will parking tickets be checked?

If I do not have a parking ticket, will I be able to park?
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) registers the vehicle number plate on entry and exit. If this is over the grace period (currently set at 20 minutes) you will be expected to pay for parking. Failure to do so will then trigger a penalty charge. This penalty charge will be enforced by the parking company.
What will happen if I do not have a parking ticket?
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) registers the vehicle number plate on entry and exit. If this is over the grace period (currently set at 20 minutes) you will be expected to pay for parking. Failure to do so will then trigger a penalty charge. This penalty charge will be enforced by the parking company.
What will happen if I refuse to pay?
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) registers the vehicle number plate on entry and exit. If this is over the grace period (currently set at 20 minutes) you will be expected to pay for parking.
Failure to do so will then trigger a penalty charge.
This penalty charge will be enforced by the parking company.

Parking at Longhoughton Beach

How will the parking scheme work?

After parking you pay for parking by the Ringo app (or do this by telephone up to midnight on the day of parking).

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How will I know that the park is full?
You will not be able to find a parking space.
What do you define as the car park being ‘full’?
There is no available parking space.
Will there be an interactive sign at the top of the lane saying whether the car park is full?
There is no mechanism for this at present.
If I arrive and the car park is full, will I be able to turn my vehicle around and will I be charged?
You will have 20 minutes to leave without incurring a charge.
Will I be able to drop off other people in the car park and then leave without being charged?
Yes, provided it is within the 20 minutes grace period.
If the car park is full, will I be able to park on the side of the public road free of charge?
Yes, but if you are causing an obstruction to regular traffic (including large farm machinery) you will be at risk of damage to your vehicle and the car may be removed by the police.
If the car park is full, will I be able to park at Longhoughton?
You will be able to park in appropriate places – There are plans for a car park at the top of Beach Road and this is under discussion.
You say that you want to make the lane to Longhoughton Beach much safer for pedestrians and cyclists. How are you going to do this?
Consideration is being given to achieving quiet lane status for Beach Road. Once there is a car park at the top, charging tariffs could be set to help promote parking at the top of Beach Road.
Will you have an attendant at the Car Park for tickets to be purchased and for guidance on obtaining tickets and other issues?
No, it will all be done remotely with a telephone number if there are any problems.
Will the gate to the dunes continue to be locked at closing time?
Yes – this is to stop unauthorised camping.
If I am not back to my vehicle by the closing time, how will I get out?
There will be a contact number and there may be an additional charge for overstaying.
Are you going to allow Campervans and Motorhomes to stay overnight for a fee?
No.
Will the arrangements change for night fishermen and sea bathers?
We will look at how the system is working as to how to help different groups.
You say that any surplus from the parking scheme will be distributed to charitable community organisation. How will this happen and who will decide? Will the organisations have to apply?
Details of this are yet to be finalised but the surplus income will be spent on the Charitable Objectives of Howick Trustees (which is a charity register with the Charity Commission). The domains covered are Environment, Education and Heritage. This gives a broad scope for things to be funded. It is hoped that there will be an advisory board for deciding on projects and this will include representation from the community (Parish Council) and Lowsteads Farm, and their recommendations will be confirmed by Howick Trustees.
Will you publish the income that you receive from parking and the costs that you incur?
We are planning to publish basic accounts on the website plus the funding given and reports on what this has achieved.

We welcome your views on the Proposed Parking Scheme.

To whom do I send my views on the proposed parking scheme?

Use the contact form on the website.