How much did the free parking cost?

York Press: Letter writer Keith Massey submitted this photograph showing how tight the parking spaces are at Clifford’s Tower Letter writer Keith Massey submitted this photograph showing how tight the parking spaces are at Clifford’s Tower

WE SHOULD be told how much the recent “free parking day” has cost the council purse – then a proper business case could be made for a range of more imaginative costed options to support city-centre business when the new Monks Cross stores open.

How ironic the comment from one shopper that they were unaware of free parking and used the Park&Ride.

If James Alexander is serious about tackling congestion and pollution, any parking bonanza should be matched with discounted or free Park&Ride services.

Recent scrutiny suggestions to bring forward to 5pm the start time for free residents’ parking were met with the demand for “a business case” (in terms of council revenue).

Traders, bus operators and council officers should sit down together and review the whole system.

We should cost up a free electric shuttle bus linking the station, Museum Street, Marygate car park, York Hospital, York St John, Foss Islands retail, the Barbican, Piccadilly, and West Offices (Tanner Row) – as this works well in places such as Sheffield. Initially it could be trialled just on Saturdays, or during the Tour de France celebrations.

Coun Andy D’Agorne, Green Party, Broadway West, York.

 

• FULL marks to the council task group which recommended that City of York Council could introduce free parking to residents, from 5pm to midnight, in an effort to stimulate business (The Press, January 29).

Perhaps the council might now realise that you cannot keep on using visitors and residents as a cash cow for ever. Hard-working businesses keep York running and allow the council the privilege of council, salaries and pensions.

At Clifford’s Tower there are 322 spaces. At £2.30 this can net £740.60 an hour. They could well increase this if, like German cities, they build underground parking right in the city centre. I should like to ask them to also consider further improvements:

1. Stop the present parking rip-offs. Start charging by the minute as you never get your full hour, so 45 minutes equals £3.06 per hour.

2. The spaces are far too tight between cars and rows and need redesigning with easy entry/depart angles.

3. Give somebody a job to take payment on exit (surely it would be cheaper than all the pay-station costs so you don’t have to rush back to the car instead of spending money in the shops.

Keith Massey, Mill Lane, York.

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3:20pm Wed 5 Feb 14

wildthing666 says...

I agree parking spaces are too cramped give people space to get in or out of their vehicle.
I agree parking spaces are too cramped give people space to get in or out of their vehicle. wildthing666
  • Score: 9

4:11pm Wed 5 Feb 14

greenmonkey says...

Pay on exit has been suggested for years but the council went for the cheaper option of allowing pay by mobile instead. Pay on exit would remove the need to maintain and empty so many meters and remove the problem in some more remote car parks of boy racers meeting up there at night time - they wont want to pay to get out again! Castle Car Park is a disgrace with spaces squeezed in right next to the historic mound and bays that are far too narrow for bigger cars. The whole area could be grassed with perhaps a small visitor centre to pay for it and the parking moved onto St Georges Field and Piccadilly. How often is the M+S car park in the Coppergate centre full?
Pay on exit has been suggested for years but the council went for the cheaper option of allowing pay by mobile instead. Pay on exit would remove the need to maintain and empty so many meters and remove the problem in some more remote car parks of boy racers meeting up there at night time - they wont want to pay to get out again! Castle Car Park is a disgrace with spaces squeezed in right next to the historic mound and bays that are far too narrow for bigger cars. The whole area could be grassed with perhaps a small visitor centre to pay for it and the parking moved onto St Georges Field and Piccadilly. How often is the M+S car park in the Coppergate centre full? greenmonkey
  • Score: 9

9:29pm Wed 5 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

York Green party care little about locals or local community, in my opinion. They were against the stadium and to me that says it all. Forget locals, forget local needs, just a one issue party. We should take notice of them because......nope, I cannot think of a reason either.
York Green party care little about locals or local community, in my opinion. They were against the stadium and to me that says it all. Forget locals, forget local needs, just a one issue party. We should take notice of them because......nope, I cannot think of a reason either. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 3

1:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

WhyEver says...

I'd love to see an underground car park at Castle, the narrow spaces wouldn't be a problem because only submarines would be able to use it most of the year.

Pay on exit would be good for the visitor although I'd be interested to see the costs involved in the equipment and possible loss of income. It would also not work well with the current residents discount scheme.
I'd love to see an underground car park at Castle, the narrow spaces wouldn't be a problem because only submarines would be able to use it most of the year. Pay on exit would be good for the visitor although I'd be interested to see the costs involved in the equipment and possible loss of income. It would also not work well with the current residents discount scheme. WhyEver
  • Score: 3

2:55pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Dave Taylor says...

Carole: York Green Party couldn't support a stadium at Monk's Cross - inaccessible to most fans (local and visiting) except by driving there on an already congested ring-road. Moreover, the funding for it, by massively increasing out-of-town shopping will damage the city centre economy by £50million per year (Council's consultants' figures) and went against local, regional, and national planning advice. Transport officers predicted 'chaos' in the transport system as a result. We always supported a new stadium in an accessible place, such as close to the railway station. That would be of greater benefit to the local community, travelling fans, and local businesses.
Carole: York Green Party couldn't support a stadium at Monk's Cross - inaccessible to most fans (local and visiting) except by driving there on an already congested ring-road. Moreover, the funding for it, by massively increasing out-of-town shopping will damage the city centre economy by £50million per year (Council's consultants' figures) and went against local, regional, and national planning advice. Transport officers predicted 'chaos' in the transport system as a result. We always supported a new stadium in an accessible place, such as close to the railway station. That would be of greater benefit to the local community, travelling fans, and local businesses. Dave Taylor
  • Score: 2

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