Car parking in Selby among safest in UK

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CAR parks in Selby have been recognised as being among the most safe and secure in the country, as calls have been made to drop parking charges for the Christmas period.

All 11 of Selby’s car parks have once again been granted the Park Mark Safer Parking Award, including the town’s newest car park, at the former Civic Centre in Portholme Road, which has been recognised for the first time.

The award recognises parking facilities with low vehicle-crime rates, and is issued following risk assessments by North Yorkshire Police and the British Parking Association.

Last year, traders welcomed the announcement by the council that parking would be free on a series of Saturdays in the run-up to Christmas, and it was hoped this would happen again this year, in an effort to encourage shoppers to visit the town.

James Dunwell, from the Selby Chamber, said the decision last year had helped to bring shoppers to the town, and he hoped the same would be possible in coming weeks.

Mr Dunwell said: “Anything that helps shoppers get to the town is welcome and obviously we have seen the trade report from the British Retail Consortium that said there was an average of 15 per cent of shops standing empty across the region.

“In Selby, we’re running at about six per cent, so we’re bucking the trend, but we don’t want to slip backwards, so anything that will help get shoppers into town is welcome.”

Richard Schofield, owner of Heaven And Home in Gowthorpe, said traders would welcome free parking in this period, and an extension of the scheme could be beneficial for the council as well.

He said: “We would really be pleased if they did it again this year. It would be a great thing to do.

“It helps us compete with the internet and out-of-town shopping centres which are free so there’s an argument for having parking free all the time.

“They would, in the long run, people would use it all the time, and bring more money into the town.”

A spokeswoman for Selby District Council said a decision whether or not to temporarily drop parking fees had not yet been made, but an announcement was likely within the next week.

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9:50am Wed 21 Nov 12

bob the builder says...

... unless it's not worth reporting crime, as it' so frequent, low value and not much happens if you do! Never trust statistics from government, local or national.
... unless it's not worth reporting crime, as it' so frequent, low value and not much happens if you do! Never trust statistics from government, local or national. bob the builder
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12:59pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Big Bad Wolf says...

A spokeswoman for Selby District Council said a decision whether or not to temporarily drop parking fees had not yet been made,
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Lol course it hasn't.....
A spokeswoman for Selby District Council said a decision whether or not to temporarily drop parking fees had not yet been made, . Lol course it hasn't..... Big Bad Wolf
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1:18pm Wed 21 Nov 12

BioLogic says...

You don't get much car crime when there are no cars parked in the car parks...... lies, **** lies and statistics!
You don't get much car crime when there are no cars parked in the car parks...... lies, **** lies and statistics! BioLogic
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10:01am Thu 22 Nov 12

RichR says...

Biologic - have you ever tried to park in Selby? Generally all the carparks are full or very nearly full most of the day. Particularly the ones near the railway station, which at £3 for 24 hours are surprisingly good value if you want to get out of Selby for a while.
Biologic - have you ever tried to park in Selby? Generally all the carparks are full or very nearly full most of the day. Particularly the ones near the railway station, which at £3 for 24 hours are surprisingly good value if you want to get out of Selby for a while. RichR
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11:29am Sat 24 Nov 12

SELBY :-) says...

What a load of bull.
The newest car park on the old council office grounds is one of the worst in town.
Its not safe at all, how can a car park with no lighting on an evening be safe.
The car parking fees in Selby are a joke.
The state of the parking bays and surfaces in the car parks is also a joke.
Surely if they are charging what they are they should maintain and light the car parks??
What a load of bull. The newest car park on the old council office grounds is one of the worst in town. Its not safe at all, how can a car park with no lighting on an evening be safe. The car parking fees in Selby are a joke. The state of the parking bays and surfaces in the car parks is also a joke. Surely if they are charging what they are they should maintain and light the car parks?? SELBY :-)
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