Nothing for free

York Press: Nothing for free Nothing for free

ONCE again York council has found a way to milk the residents, i.e. £20 for a residents parking badge.

Could anyone inform me of three things that this council has given the residents for free and to the benefit of us.

Was this idea dreamed up by the same buffoon who gave us the Lendal Bridge fiasco? Probably.

If the York council want to balance their books they should stop wasting our money on silly things like yellow bicycles all over the city.

More has been spent on a short-term project than spent on Christmas decorations which at least the residents can enjoy.

Who votes these people into the jobs? I have yet to find someone who voted for a Labour-run York council.

Time for a change I think.

Give the residents something back for all the rubbish we take from them.

Mr A Atkinson, Disgruntled York resident for 60 years, North Moore, Huntington, York.

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4:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Yeller Belly says...

Sadly, the days when council leaders had a civic duty seem to be long gone. The post is now nothing more than a stepping stone for wannabe politicians. This council seems determined to score political points by introducing unpopular and controversial measures and then blaming Conservative cutbacks. Most of these have been petty beyond belief with minimal financial benefit and maximum annoyance to York residents. The £20 parking badge is the latest in a long line. I'd like to know how much has been saved by the council against how much they've cost us with their ill-conceived nonsense. A shame it's impossible to quantify damage to a city's goodwill.
Sadly, the days when council leaders had a civic duty seem to be long gone. The post is now nothing more than a stepping stone for wannabe politicians. This council seems determined to score political points by introducing unpopular and controversial measures and then blaming Conservative cutbacks. Most of these have been petty beyond belief with minimal financial benefit and maximum annoyance to York residents. The £20 parking badge is the latest in a long line. I'd like to know how much has been saved by the council against how much they've cost us with their ill-conceived nonsense. A shame it's impossible to quantify damage to a city's goodwill. Yeller Belly
  • Score: 8

10:14pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Yeller Belly says...

By the way, to whoever is downgrading these comments on behalf of the council, I'm a life long Labour voter, ex-Labour party member and ex- trade union member. You should be proud.
By the way, to whoever is downgrading these comments on behalf of the council, I'm a life long Labour voter, ex-Labour party member and ex- trade union member. You should be proud. Yeller Belly
  • Score: 6

10:25am Thu 17 Jul 14

Jonothon says...

How can they give things for free? The Council has no money of it own, other than that which citizens pay in as rates or local taxation.
If you take money from one part of the funding, the shortfall has to be made up elsewhere.
Mr Atkinson will probably still complain if he gets a free parking badge, but his rates are increased to pay for it.
How can they give things for free? The Council has no money of it own, other than that which citizens pay in as rates or local taxation. If you take money from one part of the funding, the shortfall has to be made up elsewhere. Mr Atkinson will probably still complain if he gets a free parking badge, but his rates are increased to pay for it. Jonothon
  • Score: -7

11:07am Thu 17 Jul 14

Peniel says...

I don't see what the issue is, residents parking is a lot more expensive in other cities...
I don't see what the issue is, residents parking is a lot more expensive in other cities... Peniel
  • Score: -6

1:16pm Thu 17 Jul 14

PKH says...

Peniel wrote:
I don't see what the issue is, residents parking is a lot more expensive in other cities...
Resident parking on your street is expensive in York, standard charge £93, this letter refers to the badge which give residents a small discount in council car parks during the day, the differential has been gradually eroded over the years, it also gives free parking in council car parks after 6.00pm instead of £2.00 flat rate.
[quote][p][bold]Peniel[/bold] wrote: I don't see what the issue is, residents parking is a lot more expensive in other cities...[/p][/quote]Resident parking on your street is expensive in York, standard charge £93, this letter refers to the badge which give residents a small discount in council car parks during the day, the differential has been gradually eroded over the years, it also gives free parking in council car parks after 6.00pm instead of £2.00 flat rate. PKH
  • Score: 5

3:54pm Thu 17 Jul 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

£20 over 2 years is just about the break even point for me - if I count the number of times I benefit from "free" parking (which I've already paid for the provision and maintenance of in my Council Tax, I thought) then it's probably around 5 times a year. Cunningly priced, I thought. Not that I really approve.

I've pretty well given up bringing a car into the city in the daytime, ever. It's just too congested and too expensive to park.
£20 over 2 years is just about the break even point for me - if I count the number of times I benefit from "free" parking (which I've already paid for the provision and maintenance of in my Council Tax, I thought) then it's probably around 5 times a year. Cunningly priced, I thought. Not that I really approve. I've pretty well given up bringing a car into the city in the daytime, ever. It's just too congested and too expensive to park. MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: 7

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