Fewer buy new York residents' parking badges

Few buy new residents' parking badges

Few buy new residents' parking badges

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FEWER than 10 percent of York people who have residents' discount parking badges have bought the new passes they need for cut price parking in York from today.

According to figures found by Liberal Democrat councillor Ann Reid, only 3382 new Minster badges - which cost £20 each - have been bought, raising fears that many drivers do not know of the change and will be hit by parking fines when they try to use their outdated badges.

Council cabinet member for transport David Levene has said that after city-wide publicity, they are confident sales of the badges will go up now the scheme has started, and has said the badges are good value for money.

But Cllr Reid said: "This is yet another Lendal Bridge in the making, with poor publicity and low awareness of the changes which will land people liable for a fine for parking as they have been doing for years. Once again poor publicity, and in this case it’s the people who live here rather than occasional visitors, who will be caught out."

Cllr Reid has also voiced concerns that the new rules will tempt York people away from the city centre towards out of town shopping sites with free parking.

The new Minster badge scheme was introduced to help bridge a £200,000 funding shortfall in the City of York Council's parking income. But with many residents choosing not to buy in to the scheme, the income the council gets from parking could fall even further, she added.

Cllr Levene added: "The introduction of a modest charge - residents can make their money back in just five evening visits a year - for Minster Badges is necessary to stop significant abuse by non-residents and make savings made necessary by massive cuts from the Conservative-Lib Dem Government, which local Lib Dems continue to support.

"York was one of the only councils in the country to offer this scheme free of charge; moving forward we are investing heavily in parking and the city centre through schemes like Marygate Pay-on-Exit and free parking Thurs-Sat mornings."

The old residents' parking badges are no longer valid and from today [Monday] are needed to take advantage of free or discounted parking for York residents.

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4:17pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Frodo Baggins says...

I know about the charge but I'm not going to pay it. If the council gave residents 50p - £1 off then it's worth it but 20p, you're having a laugh. I'm a Labour supporter James but it's unlikely you will be getting my vote in 2015.
I know about the charge but I'm not going to pay it. If the council gave residents 50p - £1 off then it's worth it but 20p, you're having a laugh. I'm a Labour supporter James but it's unlikely you will be getting my vote in 2015. Frodo Baggins
  • Score: 22

4:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

3.8liter says...

I think the message is 'We are not paying, you can stick it!'
I think the message is 'We are not paying, you can stick it!' 3.8liter
  • Score: 12

4:31pm Mon 1 Sep 14

nowthen says...

Cllr Levene added: "The introduction of a modest charge for Minster Badges is necessary to stop significant abuse by non-residents . ... Please give us the figures showing this alleged abuse by non residents Cllr Levene ; and show us how you've worked out how that will be offset by people buying the badges and the loss of revenue by the majority who won't buy and who go elsewhere . You can't because you haven't got a clue.
Cllr Levene added: "The introduction of a modest charge for Minster Badges is necessary to stop significant abuse by non-residents . ... Please give us the figures showing this alleged abuse by non residents Cllr Levene ; and show us how you've worked out how that will be offset by people buying the badges and the loss of revenue by the majority who won't buy and who go elsewhere . You can't because you haven't got a clue. nowthen
  • Score: -55

4:41pm Mon 1 Sep 14

SaysItHowItIs says...

What a rip off!!!!!....I will not be buying one! and will be shopping out of town from now on! York City Council make another monumental **** up!!!!!
What a rip off!!!!!....I will not be buying one! and will be shopping out of town from now on! York City Council make another monumental **** up!!!!! SaysItHowItIs
  • Score: 6

4:43pm Mon 1 Sep 14

bolero says...

Yes, I know about it but as for the new charge; just like next May's vote you won't get it.
Yes, I know about it but as for the new charge; just like next May's vote you won't get it. bolero
  • Score: 10

4:58pm Mon 1 Sep 14

acomblass says...

Like his leader, Cllr Levene expects us all to fall over backwards for this rip off. Well we were not born yesterday and no amount of bullying by this man will make me buy a permit. These permits were brought in under Labour leadership years ago and have been continued by every administration since.
Levene has not produced a shred of evidence about abuse - you had to produce documentation to the Council to get one in the first place so if they have not been checking thoroughly it is their own fault. However I would challenge Levene to produce this evidence and stop trying to blame everything on the government when Labour have manifestly wasted thousands of York taxpayers money since they were elected. I yearn for the days when the local media had investigative journalists who exposed scams such as this.
Like his leader, Cllr Levene expects us all to fall over backwards for this rip off. Well we were not born yesterday and no amount of bullying by this man will make me buy a permit. These permits were brought in under Labour leadership years ago and have been continued by every administration since. Levene has not produced a shred of evidence about abuse - you had to produce documentation to the Council to get one in the first place so if they have not been checking thoroughly it is their own fault. However I would challenge Levene to produce this evidence and stop trying to blame everything on the government when Labour have manifestly wasted thousands of York taxpayers money since they were elected. I yearn for the days when the local media had investigative journalists who exposed scams such as this. acomblass
  • Score: 8

4:59pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Oaklands Resident says...

The least the Council could have done was put up notices this morning in all the car parks reminding residents that they would be fined if they didn't display the new badge (and tried to pay at the lower rate).
The least the Council could have done was put up notices this morning in all the car parks reminding residents that they would be fined if they didn't display the new badge (and tried to pay at the lower rate). Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 15

5:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

whitehorse says...

When they scrap the scheme- like Lendal Bridge, will I be automatically offered a rdfu or will I have to beg them for it?
When they scrap the scheme- like Lendal Bridge, will I be automatically offered a rdfu or will I have to beg them for it? whitehorse
  • Score: 10

5:21pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Basher69 says...

No new badge. No labour vote either.
No new badge. No labour vote either. Basher69
  • Score: 11

5:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

DEKKA says...

£10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself.
£10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself. DEKKA
  • Score: -6

5:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Lockheart says...

Our Council Tax should pay for the badges.
Labour are being greedy.

@nowthen - agree, prove it with non manipulated stats
Our Council Tax should pay for the badges. Labour are being greedy. @nowthen - agree, prove it with non manipulated stats Lockheart
  • Score: -11

6:08pm Mon 1 Sep 14

alanyork says...

DEKKA wrote:
£10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself.
yeh! yeh! the beat goes on +on+on. let's stuff it up the locals every which way we can!!! no matter we pay more for everything with this council - they close all the roads off one way or another -close all our loos - I pay £110 a month council tax in our very small 2-bed flat and we have to buy our own rubbish bags!!! - NEXT YEAR LETS GET RID OF THE RUBBISH COUNCIL - EVERYONE OF THEM ! ! ! !
[quote][p][bold]DEKKA[/bold] wrote: £10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself.[/p][/quote]yeh! yeh! the beat goes on +on+on. let's stuff it up the locals every which way we can!!! no matter we pay more for everything with this council - they close all the roads off one way or another -close all our loos - I pay £110 a month council tax in our very small 2-bed flat and we have to buy our own rubbish bags!!! - NEXT YEAR LETS GET RID OF THE RUBBISH COUNCIL - EVERYONE OF THEM ! ! ! ! alanyork
  • Score: 13

6:14pm Mon 1 Sep 14

RingoStarr says...

Unlike these comments, I don't think the score hacker will be able to manipulate the votes for Merret, Levene and Alexander in the next election. Mind you, knowing this lot, anything is possible!
Unlike these comments, I don't think the score hacker will be able to manipulate the votes for Merret, Levene and Alexander in the next election. Mind you, knowing this lot, anything is possible! RingoStarr
  • Score: -8

7:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

bolero says...

DEKKA wrote:
£10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself.
It might be good value for you if you think £20 is £10. You must be a labour voter. none of them can count.
[quote][p][bold]DEKKA[/bold] wrote: £10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself.[/p][/quote]It might be good value for you if you think £20 is £10. You must be a labour voter. none of them can count. bolero
  • Score: -3

7:51pm Mon 1 Sep 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Yet another little scheme to bully York residents out of their cars I suspect. Was this another one of Mr Merrett's?
Yet another little scheme to bully York residents out of their cars I suspect. Was this another one of Mr Merrett's? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -18

8:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Happytoliveinyork says...

There are so many mixed messages from this mixed up council.

Free parking on mornings given with one had, whilst the other slaps a £20 charge on residents to gain a small discount. If I was a city centre trader I'd be furious.
There are so many mixed messages from this mixed up council. Free parking on mornings given with one had, whilst the other slaps a £20 charge on residents to gain a small discount. If I was a city centre trader I'd be furious. Happytoliveinyork
  • Score: 2

8:52pm Mon 1 Sep 14

eeoodares says...

Cllr Levene added: "The introduction of a modest charge - residents can make their money back in just five evening visits a year.

What about the loss of income to traders when the majority of the population cease to use the City.

Make you mind up councillors, free parking for residents at certain times extra charges at others. Do you want a thriving night time economy that is not based around alcohol? If Labour stay in power this City will be wrecked.
Cllr Levene added: "The introduction of a modest charge - residents can make their money back in just five evening visits a year. What about the loss of income to traders when the majority of the population cease to use the City. Make you mind up councillors, free parking for residents at certain times extra charges at others. Do you want a thriving night time economy that is not based around alcohol? If Labour stay in power this City will be wrecked. eeoodares
  • Score: 14

9:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Martin true Viking says...

Can it be possible to declare the council not fit for purpose and have a Yorkshire spring to over throw them. Does anyone in the city support these monumental muck ups.
Can it be possible to declare the council not fit for purpose and have a Yorkshire spring to over throw them. Does anyone in the city support these monumental muck ups. Martin true Viking
  • Score: 1

9:07pm Mon 1 Sep 14

dudbertman says...

Minster badge charge, York card charge, Bin charge. Tip charge.
Lendal Bridge **** up. Rates up. Bye bye Levene Alexander and the rest of the Labour cronies.
Minster badge charge, York card charge, Bin charge. Tip charge. Lendal Bridge **** up. Rates up. Bye bye Levene Alexander and the rest of the Labour cronies. dudbertman
  • Score: 16

9:45pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Mr John says...

Why would I want to pay £20 for a parking discount voucher so that I can park in a city centre full of foul mouth drunken yobs heading to and from the racecourse. CoYC needs to make York a pleasant city to visit first.
Why would I want to pay £20 for a parking discount voucher so that I can park in a city centre full of foul mouth drunken yobs heading to and from the racecourse. CoYC needs to make York a pleasant city to visit first. Mr John
  • Score: -33

10:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Jack Ham says...

Not seeing much love on here for Cllr Levene or York Labour tonight.

Good point from Acomb Lass - Labour claim residents have been abusing their perk but have yet to put forward a shred of evidence.

It's a strange way to win support from people who will gave to vote for you next year!
Not seeing much love on here for Cllr Levene or York Labour tonight. Good point from Acomb Lass - Labour claim residents have been abusing their perk but have yet to put forward a shred of evidence. It's a strange way to win support from people who will gave to vote for you next year! Jack Ham
  • Score: -23

10:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14

trubbleuptmill says...

I will join the throngs and shop out of town. No reason to come in to town at all save for the panto once a year. Yet another way to reduce congestion and kill the trading.
I will join the throngs and shop out of town. No reason to come in to town at all save for the panto once a year. Yet another way to reduce congestion and kill the trading. trubbleuptmill
  • Score: 2

10:57pm Mon 1 Sep 14

TLinden says...

Far as i can see there's no expiry date on my current parking badge, therefore I'll continue to use it until it is explicitly clear i need a new one. Fine me all you want CYC, i'll take it to court and you will most definitely lose. Again.
Far as i can see there's no expiry date on my current parking badge, therefore I'll continue to use it until it is explicitly clear i need a new one. Fine me all you want CYC, i'll take it to court and you will most definitely lose. Again. TLinden
  • Score: 6

12:21am Tue 2 Sep 14

magicadey says...

I just park at fossgate anyway during the day, and will walk more to town at night. sod paying the new fee
I just park at fossgate anyway during the day, and will walk more to town at night. sod paying the new fee magicadey
  • Score: 9

5:13am Tue 2 Sep 14

anistasia says...

Looks like york residents who want to park are paying for the councils shortfall for the fiasco of lendal bridge.they made the illegal charge on the bridge and now want us to pay for their mistakes.Incompetent council end of their reign next year hopefully they are not doing anything to help themselves stay in power.
Looks like york residents who want to park are paying for the councils shortfall for the fiasco of lendal bridge.they made the illegal charge on the bridge and now want us to pay for their mistakes.Incompetent council end of their reign next year hopefully they are not doing anything to help themselves stay in power. anistasia
  • Score: -63

7:18am Tue 2 Sep 14

oi oi savaloy says...

Well we are all skint you know?? And this is another labour stealth tax which we have the choice not to buy! Unlike the #ever-increasing-und
er-labour-councli-ta
x.... so the message to the labour council is stick it where the sun don't shine cos I ain't sticking it on my window screen!!
Well we are all skint you know?? And this is another labour stealth tax which we have the choice not to buy! Unlike the #ever-increasing-und er-labour-councli-ta x.... so the message to the labour council is stick it where the sun don't shine cos I ain't sticking it on my window screen!! oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -12

8:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

Stressed Out says...

nowthen wrote:
Cllr Levene added: "The introduction of a modest charge for Minster Badges is necessary to stop significant abuse by non-residents . ... Please give us the figures showing this alleged abuse by non residents Cllr Levene ; and show us how you've worked out how that will be offset by people buying the badges and the loss of revenue by the majority who won't buy and who go elsewhere . You can't because you haven't got a clue.
So Cllr Levene. I have bought a badge and went to Marygate car park. I pressed the residents button, got my ticket and went into town. On return I paid on exit and suddenly had a thought, who's enforcing the fact I have got a residents badge, anyone could have pressed the residents button. I rang the council and got an answer ' we are doing it on trust, it wont be enforced until we get number plate recognition cameras in about 18 months'
So peeps press the residents button in Marygate, no ones going to know you're not a resident!!
You couldn't make it up
Ps.. Marygate only though, thats the only pay on exit we have at the moment
[quote][p][bold]nowthen[/bold] wrote: Cllr Levene added: "The introduction of a modest charge for Minster Badges is necessary to stop significant abuse by non-residents . ... Please give us the figures showing this alleged abuse by non residents Cllr Levene ; and show us how you've worked out how that will be offset by people buying the badges and the loss of revenue by the majority who won't buy and who go elsewhere . You can't because you haven't got a clue.[/p][/quote]So Cllr Levene. I have bought a badge and went to Marygate car park. I pressed the residents button, got my ticket and went into town. On return I paid on exit and suddenly had a thought, who's enforcing the fact I have got a residents badge, anyone could have pressed the residents button. I rang the council and got an answer ' we are doing it on trust, it wont be enforced until we get number plate recognition cameras in about 18 months' So peeps press the residents button in Marygate, no ones going to know you're not a resident!! You couldn't make it up Ps.. Marygate only though, thats the only pay on exit we have at the moment Stressed Out
  • Score: 18

9:16am Tue 2 Sep 14

cliftonmum says...

Maybe the low take-up is something to do with the fact that the leaflet telling us about the new scheme was stuffed through my letter box mixed up with the usual pile of pizza menus, supermarket offers, and car insurance deals. So it nearly went straight in the bin. Another great piece of CoYC communication.
Maybe the low take-up is something to do with the fact that the leaflet telling us about the new scheme was stuffed through my letter box mixed up with the usual pile of pizza menus, supermarket offers, and car insurance deals. So it nearly went straight in the bin. Another great piece of CoYC communication. cliftonmum
  • Score: 11

9:18am Tue 2 Sep 14

Zebedee says...

The Council thinks it's a great idea to charge residents so they can get a discount for parking. It was always a stupid idea (typical of labour) and they are now wondering why very few have been sold. Yet another example of their stupidity!
The Council thinks it's a great idea to charge residents so they can get a discount for parking. It was always a stupid idea (typical of labour) and they are now wondering why very few have been sold. Yet another example of their stupidity! Zebedee
  • Score: 9

9:35am Tue 2 Sep 14

gerry merryweather says...

bolero wrote:
DEKKA wrote:
£10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself.
It might be good value for you if you think £20 is £10. You must be a labour voter. none of them can count.
£20 for two years, I make it £10 a year as well.
[quote][p][bold]bolero[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DEKKA[/bold] wrote: £10 a year is pretty good value. Park 5 times in an evening and it has paid for itself.[/p][/quote]It might be good value for you if you think £20 is £10. You must be a labour voter. none of them can count.[/p][/quote]£20 for two years, I make it £10 a year as well. gerry merryweather
  • Score: 9

9:59am Tue 2 Sep 14

AnEyeForDetail says...

Perhaps the Council should learn from the private company who took over management of the Peel Street car park, the first thing the new operators did was reduce prices in line with and in some cases lower than the discounted York Residents rates. How simple was that, the car park is very popular and one of the most central car parks in York. I use it, the only downside is that there is an evening charge of £2 after 6pm but I will do my calculations.
Perhaps the Council should learn from the private company who took over management of the Peel Street car park, the first thing the new operators did was reduce prices in line with and in some cases lower than the discounted York Residents rates. How simple was that, the car park is very popular and one of the most central car parks in York. I use it, the only downside is that there is an evening charge of £2 after 6pm but I will do my calculations. AnEyeForDetail
  • Score: 8

1:02pm Tue 2 Sep 14

wigginton reader says...

I can only assume that the council members get free parking. I do hope they include this benefit in their p11d tax return?

Another cockup by the council ......residents will avoid going into York which leaves lots of room for the drunken tourists .👍🍷🍸😈
I can only assume that the council members get free parking. I do hope they include this benefit in their p11d tax return? Another cockup by the council ......residents will avoid going into York which leaves lots of room for the drunken tourists .👍🍷🍸😈 wigginton reader
  • Score: 7

5:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Jack Ham says...

wigginton reader wrote:
I can only assume that the council members get free parking. I do hope they include this benefit in their p11d tax return?

Another cockup by the council ......residents will avoid going into York which leaves lots of room for the drunken tourists .👍🍷🍸😈
Cabinet members do indeed get free parking though many of them don't even drive.

Taking away the single perk residents had is just another example of Labour and CYC's lack of insight/empathy/unde
rstanding of people in York.

Whilst their chairman may be a millionaire and their elite live in walking distance of the minster the rest of us have to put up with the poor roads and expensive parking.

Another nail in the coffin of a Yorks City Centre.
[quote][p][bold]wigginton reader[/bold] wrote: I can only assume that the council members get free parking. I do hope they include this benefit in their p11d tax return? Another cockup by the council ......residents will avoid going into York which leaves lots of room for the drunken tourists .👍🍷🍸😈[/p][/quote]Cabinet members do indeed get free parking though many of them don't even drive. Taking away the single perk residents had is just another example of Labour and CYC's lack of insight/empathy/unde rstanding of people in York. Whilst their chairman may be a millionaire and their elite live in walking distance of the minster the rest of us have to put up with the poor roads and expensive parking. Another nail in the coffin of a Yorks City Centre. Jack Ham
  • Score: -52

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