Car park charges simply profiteering

I have lost count of the number of times someone in authority keeps reminding us of the need to ensure York improves its tourism status.

The argument always seems to revolve around the fact that the more tourists come and stay in the city, the wealthier it will become.

There appears to be a degree of profiteering creeping into the argument. My daughter, who lives in Switzerland, came to stay in York over Christmas. As a family of four we were unable to provide the necessary accommodation, so they opted for a large hotel. Their bill came to something in excess of £400. The hotel then added four days’ car-parking fees of £42.50 to their bill.

One morning was spent at the National Railway Museum, for which they were charged a further £9 for a three-hour visit. One day’s parking in York therefore cost them £17.50.

Is it really necessary to charge your customers for parking (at the hotel) and why does the NRM see fit to charge for a whole day’s parking instead of an hourly rate?

Is this the way to attract more visitors to York, knowing that these people will also be spending money in the local shops? I think not.

David Rhodes, The Shrubberies, Cliffe.

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11:43am Mon 7 Jan 13

Mr Udigawa says...

For future reference, they could park for free in one of the many residential streets at the other side of the railway, Windmill rise for example, and enjoy a short walk into town or to the railway museum.
For future reference, they could park for free in one of the many residential streets at the other side of the railway, Windmill rise for example, and enjoy a short walk into town or to the railway museum. Mr Udigawa
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12:03pm Mon 7 Jan 13

HRH Lady Muck says...

We once paid £75.00 to park in central London over night. It would have been cheaper to book the car a room at a travel lodge!
I am outranged at car parking charges in general as I do not feel I am receiving value for money.
I recall being able to park my car in St Sampson's Square in the early eighties free of charge.
We once paid £75.00 to park in central London over night. It would have been cheaper to book the car a room at a travel lodge! I am outranged at car parking charges in general as I do not feel I am receiving value for money. I recall being able to park my car in St Sampson's Square in the early eighties free of charge. HRH Lady Muck
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3:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Paul Hepworth says...

Mr Udigawa wrote:
For future reference, they could park for free in one of the many residential streets at the other side of the railway, Windmill rise for example, and enjoy a short walk into town or to the railway museum.
I'm not biting.....!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Udigawa[/bold] wrote: For future reference, they could park for free in one of the many residential streets at the other side of the railway, Windmill rise for example, and enjoy a short walk into town or to the railway museum.[/p][/quote]I'm not biting.....! Paul Hepworth
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4:42pm Mon 7 Jan 13

hendom says...

I agree David, that £9 is expensive at the NRM, (but there are cheaper car parks available close by). On New Years day I took some visitors to the NRM and parked free a short distance away.
I also think that residents cheaper parking (even though I benefit from it) is sending out the wrong message to visitors.
I agree David, that £9 is expensive at the NRM, (but there are cheaper car parks available close by). On New Years day I took some visitors to the NRM and parked free a short distance away. I also think that residents cheaper parking (even though I benefit from it) is sending out the wrong message to visitors. hendom
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6:56pm Mon 7 Jan 13

fear your government says...

whenever i visit any city in the uk i always look for a supermarket or a privately run (not council run) carpark then park all day.
you get parking charges (not fines) yes but i ignore them and have yet to be taken to court, been doing it for years.... but ssshhhh dont tell everyone! try google for all the legal stuff .
whenever i visit any city in the uk i always look for a supermarket or a privately run (not council run) carpark then park all day. you get parking charges (not fines) yes but i ignore them and have yet to be taken to court, been doing it for years.... but ssshhhh dont tell everyone! try google for all the legal stuff . fear your government
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