Free parking launched in York city centre

Free parking launched in city centre

Free parking launched in city centre

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FREE parking has been launched in York city centre to encourage more people to visit and shop, writes Fiona Parker.

The initiative, which applies to eight council-owned car parks between 8am and 11am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, was given a muted welcome by motorists benefitting yesterday.

Graham Thompson, of Copmanthorpe, said: “I think it will definitely help. I heard about this in The Press yesterday. Parking prices are definitely a factor which discourage people.”

But Hazel Ratcliffe said: “Eight o clock is a bit early. Most of the shops aren’t open until 9am. It’s an hour wasted.”

Gillian Haggyard, of Bishopthorpe Road, said: “I come into town on Friday morning so that would be a great help, although the one we use, Piccadilly, isn’t on the list. I think it would make a difference.” Cllr David Levene, cabinet member for transport at City of York Council, said the policy demonstrated the authority’s commitment to on maintaining an increase in city centre footfall.

Retailer Adam Sinclair, who chairs the City Team, said city-centre businesses were being invited to embrace the initiative by coming up with imaginative “early bird” offers and help share the message to customers.

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10:40am Fri 20 Jun 14

CRWPROJ says...

planning schizophrenia?
Last weeks news..
New Park And Ride at Poppleton.

This weeks news..
Free city centre parking.

???
planning schizophrenia? Last weeks news.. New Park And Ride at Poppleton. This weeks news.. Free city centre parking. ??? CRWPROJ
  • Score: 20

11:04am Fri 20 Jun 14

Madasanibbotson says...

What a bunch of clowns that run York.

Build out of town shopping and then wonder why shoppers aren't in York, so offer free parking.

You couldn't make it up.
What a bunch of clowns that run York. Build out of town shopping and then wonder why shoppers aren't in York, so offer free parking. You couldn't make it up. Madasanibbotson
  • Score: 20

11:12am Fri 20 Jun 14

Overproof says...

Should be 10-1 or 11-2 after kids have gone to school and so as not to clash with commuter traffic as well as co-incide with when shops are actually open.
Should be 10-1 or 11-2 after kids have gone to school and so as not to clash with commuter traffic as well as co-incide with when shops are actually open. Overproof
  • Score: 35

11:44am Fri 20 Jun 14

pedalling paul says...

Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke.
Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke. pedalling paul
  • Score: 6

12:44pm Fri 20 Jun 14

PMyork says...

As back-tracking, election panicking policies go - this is actually quite a good one!
As back-tracking, election panicking policies go - this is actually quite a good one! PMyork
  • Score: -3

1:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke.
Yes paul who does a load of shopping and uses a car boot to take it home instead of piling it on a bike or bus.... Madness i tell you...

The world is going to end and its all the cars fault!!! blame blame blame.. rant rant rant... Why doesn't anyone love bikes as much as meeeeee......

Its funny that you would rather encourage people to "park" and ride though... I mean after all you still have to drive there...

Or maybe you could get on the buss free if you cycle to the p&r? Or if you share a bike then they pay you?
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke.[/p][/quote]Yes paul who does a load of shopping and uses a car boot to take it home instead of piling it on a bike or bus.... Madness i tell you... The world is going to end and its all the cars fault!!! blame blame blame.. rant rant rant... Why doesn't anyone love bikes as much as meeeeee...... Its funny that you would rather encourage people to "park" and ride though... I mean after all you still have to drive there... Or maybe you could get on the buss free if you cycle to the p&r? Or if you share a bike then they pay you? Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 10

2:25pm Fri 20 Jun 14

NathanOfYork says...

It's not free... from 1st July City of York Council Tax Payers will need to pay £20 for a new 'Minster Badge' to be eligible for the 'free parking benefits'.

http://www.york.gov.
uk/news/article/640/
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Under the current York Residents Parking Permit scheme (which cease from September) it was deemed that York Council Tax Payers were given the entitlement as their Council Tax already contributed towards the parking services.

York Council Tax Payers are now required to make additional contributions (£10/year) if they want to be given the same benefits as before, along with the free parking (between 08.00 and 11.00) being offered.

This news article doesn't tell the full story!
It's not free... from 1st July City of York Council Tax Payers will need to pay £20 for a new 'Minster Badge' to be eligible for the 'free parking benefits'. http://www.york.gov. uk/news/article/640/ new_minster_badge_la unches_for_york_resi dents Under the current York Residents Parking Permit scheme (which cease from September) it was deemed that York Council Tax Payers were given the entitlement as their Council Tax already contributed towards the parking services. York Council Tax Payers are now required to make additional contributions (£10/year) if they want to be given the same benefits as before, along with the free parking (between 08.00 and 11.00) being offered. This news article doesn't tell the full story! NathanOfYork
  • Score: 14

2:44pm Fri 20 Jun 14

greenmonkey says...

NathanOfYork wrote:
It's not free... from 1st July City of York Council Tax Payers will need to pay £20 for a new 'Minster Badge' to be eligible for the 'free parking benefits'.

http://www.york.gov.

uk/news/article/640/

new_minster_badge_la

unches_for_york_resi

dents

Under the current York Residents Parking Permit scheme (which cease from September) it was deemed that York Council Tax Payers were given the entitlement as their Council Tax already contributed towards the parking services.

York Council Tax Payers are now required to make additional contributions (£10/year) if they want to be given the same benefits as before, along with the free parking (between 08.00 and 11.00) being offered.

This news article doesn't tell the full story!
I understood that the free parking is open to everyone, not just Minster Badge holders. The minster badge gives discounts on the payment charges. It was a good idea to reissue the minster badges since there are people who have moved away from York who still have them even though they are no longer residents.
[quote][p][bold]NathanOfYork[/bold] wrote: It's not free... from 1st July City of York Council Tax Payers will need to pay £20 for a new 'Minster Badge' to be eligible for the 'free parking benefits'. http://www.york.gov. uk/news/article/640/ new_minster_badge_la unches_for_york_resi dents Under the current York Residents Parking Permit scheme (which cease from September) it was deemed that York Council Tax Payers were given the entitlement as their Council Tax already contributed towards the parking services. York Council Tax Payers are now required to make additional contributions (£10/year) if they want to be given the same benefits as before, along with the free parking (between 08.00 and 11.00) being offered. This news article doesn't tell the full story![/p][/quote]I understood that the free parking is open to everyone, not just Minster Badge holders. The minster badge gives discounts on the payment charges. It was a good idea to reissue the minster badges since there are people who have moved away from York who still have them even though they are no longer residents. greenmonkey
  • Score: -3

5:18pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Caecilius says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke.
Yes paul who does a load of shopping and uses a car boot to take it home instead of piling it on a bike or bus.... Madness i tell you...

The world is going to end and its all the cars fault!!! blame blame blame.. rant rant rant... Why doesn't anyone love bikes as much as meeeeee......

Its funny that you would rather encourage people to "park" and ride though... I mean after all you still have to drive there...

Or maybe you could get on the buss free if you cycle to the p&r? Or if you share a bike then they pay you?
You've got it wrong. The people who do the whinging are the ones who find themselves sitting in the congestion that they're helping to cause, and then bleat that everybody else but them should be taking the hit.

One of the most vociferous complainers among the minority of city centre businesses claiming that the Lendal Bridge access restrictions were responsible for a downturn in trade was, as I recall, a jeweller. Do you need a car boot to carry home a purchase from a jeweller's shop? How many people do their weekly food shop in the city centre?
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke.[/p][/quote]Yes paul who does a load of shopping and uses a car boot to take it home instead of piling it on a bike or bus.... Madness i tell you... The world is going to end and its all the cars fault!!! blame blame blame.. rant rant rant... Why doesn't anyone love bikes as much as meeeeee...... Its funny that you would rather encourage people to "park" and ride though... I mean after all you still have to drive there... Or maybe you could get on the buss free if you cycle to the p&r? Or if you share a bike then they pay you?[/p][/quote]You've got it wrong. The people who do the whinging are the ones who find themselves sitting in the congestion that they're helping to cause, and then bleat that everybody else but them should be taking the hit. One of the most vociferous complainers among the minority of city centre businesses claiming that the Lendal Bridge access restrictions were responsible for a downturn in trade was, as I recall, a jeweller. Do you need a car boot to carry home a purchase from a jeweller's shop? How many people do their weekly food shop in the city centre? Caecilius
  • Score: -10

8:10pm Fri 20 Jun 14

PKH says...

greenmonkey wrote:
NathanOfYork wrote:
It's not free... from 1st July City of York Council Tax Payers will need to pay £20 for a new 'Minster Badge' to be eligible for the 'free parking benefits'.

http://www.york.gov.


uk/news/article/640/


new_minster_badge_la


unches_for_york_resi


dents

Under the current York Residents Parking Permit scheme (which cease from September) it was deemed that York Council Tax Payers were given the entitlement as their Council Tax already contributed towards the parking services.

York Council Tax Payers are now required to make additional contributions (£10/year) if they want to be given the same benefits as before, along with the free parking (between 08.00 and 11.00) being offered.

This news article doesn't tell the full story!
I understood that the free parking is open to everyone, not just Minster Badge holders. The minster badge gives discounts on the payment charges. It was a good idea to reissue the minster badges since there are people who have moved away from York who still have them even though they are no longer residents.
It may be a good idea to re-issue, however I doubt it costs £20 a time to re-issue, the free parking is supposed to be a boost for shops in York, charging £20 to renew minster badges will have the opposite effect. I and many others will probably not bother renewing and thereby go elsewhere rather than paying the non-resident fees.
[quote][p][bold]greenmonkey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NathanOfYork[/bold] wrote: It's not free... from 1st July City of York Council Tax Payers will need to pay £20 for a new 'Minster Badge' to be eligible for the 'free parking benefits'. http://www.york.gov. uk/news/article/640/ new_minster_badge_la unches_for_york_resi dents Under the current York Residents Parking Permit scheme (which cease from September) it was deemed that York Council Tax Payers were given the entitlement as their Council Tax already contributed towards the parking services. York Council Tax Payers are now required to make additional contributions (£10/year) if they want to be given the same benefits as before, along with the free parking (between 08.00 and 11.00) being offered. This news article doesn't tell the full story![/p][/quote]I understood that the free parking is open to everyone, not just Minster Badge holders. The minster badge gives discounts on the payment charges. It was a good idea to reissue the minster badges since there are people who have moved away from York who still have them even though they are no longer residents.[/p][/quote]It may be a good idea to re-issue, however I doubt it costs £20 a time to re-issue, the free parking is supposed to be a boost for shops in York, charging £20 to renew minster badges will have the opposite effect. I and many others will probably not bother renewing and thereby go elsewhere rather than paying the non-resident fees. PKH
  • Score: 5

8:15pm Fri 20 Jun 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Caecilius wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke.
Yes paul who does a load of shopping and uses a car boot to take it home instead of piling it on a bike or bus.... Madness i tell you...

The world is going to end and its all the cars fault!!! blame blame blame.. rant rant rant... Why doesn't anyone love bikes as much as meeeeee......

Its funny that you would rather encourage people to "park" and ride though... I mean after all you still have to drive there...

Or maybe you could get on the buss free if you cycle to the p&r? Or if you share a bike then they pay you?
You've got it wrong. The people who do the whinging are the ones who find themselves sitting in the congestion that they're helping to cause, and then bleat that everybody else but them should be taking the hit.

One of the most vociferous complainers among the minority of city centre businesses claiming that the Lendal Bridge access restrictions were responsible for a downturn in trade was, as I recall, a jeweller. Do you need a car boot to carry home a purchase from a jeweller's shop? How many people do their weekly food shop in the city centre?
I don't moan or whinge if I'm stuck in traffic, it's not just york that has traffic problems is it!, like someone said we motorist do rather well given that we have reduced road capacity to drive our cars on - thanks to the clever traffic planners - who seem to be able to produce 'jams today where there were no jams yesterday' - sorry for the back handed pun PP.
As far as the idea to encourage more cars into the city, dressed up as it will be good for trade, I believe it's just a sinister plot by the council to make more congestion, and then announce another hair brained scheme to try and cure it.
As far as your question 'how many people do their weekly food shop in the city centre?, not many if they have any sense, I and everyone else I know shop at the out of town shopping centres, much, much nicer, and you can park for free as well!
[quote][p][bold]Caecilius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Incentives to car share, cycle and use P&R would be far more sensible. The Adam Sinclairs of this world who misguidedly believe that private car access equates with commercial succes,must be resisted if York is eventually not to choke.[/p][/quote]Yes paul who does a load of shopping and uses a car boot to take it home instead of piling it on a bike or bus.... Madness i tell you... The world is going to end and its all the cars fault!!! blame blame blame.. rant rant rant... Why doesn't anyone love bikes as much as meeeeee...... Its funny that you would rather encourage people to "park" and ride though... I mean after all you still have to drive there... Or maybe you could get on the buss free if you cycle to the p&r? Or if you share a bike then they pay you?[/p][/quote]You've got it wrong. The people who do the whinging are the ones who find themselves sitting in the congestion that they're helping to cause, and then bleat that everybody else but them should be taking the hit. One of the most vociferous complainers among the minority of city centre businesses claiming that the Lendal Bridge access restrictions were responsible for a downturn in trade was, as I recall, a jeweller. Do you need a car boot to carry home a purchase from a jeweller's shop? How many people do their weekly food shop in the city centre?[/p][/quote]I don't moan or whinge if I'm stuck in traffic, it's not just york that has traffic problems is it!, like someone said we motorist do rather well given that we have reduced road capacity to drive our cars on - thanks to the clever traffic planners - who seem to be able to produce 'jams today where there were no jams yesterday' - sorry for the back handed pun PP. As far as the idea to encourage more cars into the city, dressed up as it will be good for trade, I believe it's just a sinister plot by the council to make more congestion, and then announce another hair brained scheme to try and cure it. As far as your question 'how many people do their weekly food shop in the city centre?, not many if they have any sense, I and everyone else I know shop at the out of town shopping centres, much, much nicer, and you can park for free as well! notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -40

8:05am Sat 21 Jun 14

andrew flower says...

Pedalling **** is more accurate
Pedalling **** is more accurate andrew flower
  • Score: 6

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