Visitors advised of new parking charges at Haddo House
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Parking charges at Haddo House are set to go live over the coming days after an issue with signage is fully resolved.
Back in April 2019 Haddo Country Park Forum applied to take over the running of the car park on a 30 year lease from Aberdeenshire Council who own the car park and the adjacent country park, the house itself is owned by the National Trust for Scotland.
Following negotiation it was agreed that the plan would move forward after terms were agreed on maintaining the site, with charges being made for all visitors to the park to help fund seasonal event staff at the property.
With coronavirus restrictions coming into play this was delayed at the start of the year, but following the restart of works to instal ticketing machinery, the charges were due to go live today.
However a spokesman for Haddo said: "Visitors may have noticed a sign at the gate saying parking charges will be in place.
"We've run into a small hiccup with signage, so the machines will not start running until the signs are up, which should be in the next few days."
All visitors (except blue badge holders) will be expected to pay, including NTS members.
When Haddo House does eventually re-open, NTS members visiting the house will be given a two hour stay ticket upon booking a tour.
Charges will be as follows -
£2 for a family car (up to two hours).
£3.50 for a family car (all day stay).
£7.00 for a horse box, camper van or professional dog walker (fixed tariff).
£35 for a tour coach (fixed tariff).
Annual passes will be available for regular park users-
£35 for a family car.
£70 for a horse box, camper van or professional dog walker.
Details of how to get an annual pass will be advertised as soon as the machines 'go live'.
He continued: "We would encourage all regular park users to buy an annual parking pass.
"We thank all park users in advance for your support - we simply could not go on providing the services we do without your contribution.