PARKING charges have been issued at a private car park after reports of fly-tipping and ‘boy racers’ using the land.

Members of Elsecar Cricket Club have bemoaned the state of the club’s car park, which has seen its surface deteriorate to the point which would see the surface cost more than £30,000 to repair.

Chairman Jim Beachill said it has also been the site of antisocial behaviour and fly-tipping.

It will become a paid car park using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology from March 25, with a fee of £1.50 for two hours, £2.50 for four hours and £3.50 for seven hours.

Jim said: “Members of Elsecar Cricket Club or Social Club, who have paid the minimum associate annual membership fee - currently £5 to the end of September - will not have to pay any car park charges.

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“Full paid-up members are exempt also.

“We have therefore tried to minimise the effect on the local community and users of the car park, while recognising the fact we have the responsibility for maintaining the facility.”