Council is in a muddle over parking

James Alexander, Adam Sinclair, Dave Merrett, Darren Richardson,  David Cox, and Frank Wood launch the council’s parking initiative

James Alexander, Adam Sinclair, Dave Merrett, Darren Richardson, David Cox, and Frank Wood launch the council’s parking initiative

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CITY-CENTRE streets are jammed again, following Labour’s U-turn on the bodged Lendal Bridge trial, despite the many beneficial effects, including air quality and better public transport.

While the opening of the new Monk’s Cross stores does present a challenge to city-centre traders, Labour’s free parking plans are ill-considered and risk further transport chaos.

Using £300,000 to underwrite free city-centre parking (taken from £2.6m earmarked from the Vangarde development to deal with congestion around Monk’s Cross) is dubious enough.

Highways officers stated in 2012 that £4m would be needed to respond to the traffic growth and now say the small amount not yet spent can only be allocated if “evidence-based”.

Yet no professional evidence has been provided that free parking is likely to be cost-effective, when compared with, say, funding a trial free city-centre bus service for a year, or launching new bus routes from Haxby and Strensall to the new development.

Either could be funded for this sum, rather than free parking which will create more city centre congestion on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

So, if this is the best way to spend limited funding, let’s have the evidence and success criteria.

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, York Green Party group leader, Broadway West York.

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11:15am Tue 29 Apr 14

Johnboy1946 says...

As far as I can see the ruling Labour group on City of York Council couldn't run a bath with any degree of success
As far as I can see the ruling Labour group on City of York Council couldn't run a bath with any degree of success Johnboy1946
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12:31pm Tue 29 Apr 14

marvell says...

Everyone knows that the free parking is an ill thought out attempt by Labour to try and regain a measure of popularity after the disastrous Lendal Bridge trial - which by the way still has some way to run to see if the fines will have to be refunded
Everyone knows that the free parking is an ill thought out attempt by Labour to try and regain a measure of popularity after the disastrous Lendal Bridge trial - which by the way still has some way to run to see if the fines will have to be refunded marvell
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4:41pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Dr Robert says...

Better air quality and better public transport, where were the figures to prove this statement, streets jammed again, where I wonder, once the rush to work is over the streets are nigh on empty, Cllr D'Agorne you must be in a different city because your statements are not related to York. The free parking gimmick is just that, by the labour Council, in the faint hope that York citizens will forget all the damage they have caused to this City.
Better air quality and better public transport, where were the figures to prove this statement, streets jammed again, where I wonder, once the rush to work is over the streets are nigh on empty, Cllr D'Agorne you must be in a different city because your statements are not related to York. The free parking gimmick is just that, by the labour Council, in the faint hope that York citizens will forget all the damage they have caused to this City. Dr Robert
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7:15pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Meldrew2 says...

Better air quality on Lendal probably but probably much worse in the areas the cars were diverted to by the disastrous closure of part of the inner ring road.
Better air quality on Lendal probably but probably much worse in the areas the cars were diverted to by the disastrous closure of part of the inner ring road. Meldrew2
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7:37pm Tue 29 Apr 14

hendom says...

'CITY-CENTRE streets are jammed again'?
Working in York yesterday (with a boot load of tools) and I was surprised how quiet the inner ring road and Lendal bridge were. The effects of the Lendal bridge closure were extreme for those wishing to use it compared with the benefits experienced by non car users going over the bridge, and claims that the air quality is noticably different are absurd.
'CITY-CENTRE streets are jammed again'? Working in York yesterday (with a boot load of tools) and I was surprised how quiet the inner ring road and Lendal bridge were. The effects of the Lendal bridge closure were extreme for those wishing to use it compared with the benefits experienced by non car users going over the bridge, and claims that the air quality is noticably different are absurd. hendom
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8:12pm Tue 29 Apr 14

CaroleBaines says...

Greens were very quiet on Lendal Bridge when it was closed and the Council were in the firing line. Surely cutting inner-city congestion should have been Green ethos and shouted from the roof tops. But now it is over, they come out of the woodwork with a few jibes. Poor - very poor. I would vote for almost any party but the anti-community Greens.
Greens were very quiet on Lendal Bridge when it was closed and the Council were in the firing line. Surely cutting inner-city congestion should have been Green ethos and shouted from the roof tops. But now it is over, they come out of the woodwork with a few jibes. Poor - very poor. I would vote for almost any party but the anti-community Greens. CaroleBaines
  • Score: -38

8:54pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Silver says...

hendom wrote:
'CITY-CENTRE streets are jammed again'?
Working in York yesterday (with a boot load of tools) and I was surprised how quiet the inner ring road and Lendal bridge were. The effects of the Lendal bridge closure were extreme for those wishing to use it compared with the benefits experienced by non car users going over the bridge, and claims that the air quality is noticably different are absurd.
Even the council admitted this that the air quality wasn't affected when the press got a FOI for those emails so you're absolutely right
[quote][p][bold]hendom[/bold] wrote: 'CITY-CENTRE streets are jammed again'? Working in York yesterday (with a boot load of tools) and I was surprised how quiet the inner ring road and Lendal bridge were. The effects of the Lendal bridge closure were extreme for those wishing to use it compared with the benefits experienced by non car users going over the bridge, and claims that the air quality is noticably different are absurd.[/p][/quote]Even the council admitted this that the air quality wasn't affected when the press got a FOI for those emails so you're absolutely right Silver
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10:57am Wed 30 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Although I am sceptical as to the real intensions of this about turn had your green friend still been in charge I am sure the money would have been used to inflict more misery on the residents of York with more traffic lights and bus layby removals.
Although I am sceptical as to the real intensions of this about turn had your green friend still been in charge I am sure the money would have been used to inflict more misery on the residents of York with more traffic lights and bus layby removals. strangebuttrue?
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