‘Ridiculous’ parking ban near Fishergate Bar sparks pub fears

THE owner of an award-winning York pub fears bands and business could be lost because of new parking restrictions.

City of York Council has approved a rule preventing motorists parking next to Fishergate Bar on George Street, so new paving stones installed as part of an improvement scheme are not damaged.

But Jon Fulton, who runs The Phoenix Inn – next to the section of road covered by the no-parking order – said musicians travelling from as far away as Leeds, who perform at the pub because of its reputation as a jazz venue, may be put off if they are unable to leave their cars outside during gigs.

He also said it may affect trade if music fans also face parking headaches and costs.

The footpath improvements by City of York Council are part of a wider scheme around the Paragon Street, Fawcett Street and George Street junctions, designed to make it easier and safer for people to walk between St George’s Field car park and the Barbican centre.

It also includes more pedestrian crossings and improving the appearance of the road next to Fishergate Bar, with officials saying the George Street rules were designed to ensure this work was not “compromised by parked vehicles”.

An objection from The Phoenix to the original parking proposals said musicians often travelled “long distances” to perform at the pub and had to use cars to carry their instruments.

It said the artists and their audiences may stop coming if they have to pay for parking.

Mr Fulton said: “To have bands from other areas playing here is great for both them and us, but musicians who have already driven for 45 or 50 minutes will not want to be dropping their instruments off at the pub before having to find somewhere else to park.

“We feel it will have an impact on the number of talented musicians we can bring to the Phoenix and affect our business.

“It is great that the council have replaced the flagstones outside the pub, but we believe the traffic order is ridiculous.”

In a report, transport officers said the nearby council-managed Peel Street car park was currently free to use after 6pm and on Sundays, but this may change after it becomes privately run in May.

They said musicians could still unload their cars outside the Phoenix but would then have to park elsewhere, saying there were “extensive single-yellow lines” in the area which could be used for evening parking.

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9:35am Fri 1 Mar 13

Woody G Mellor says...

Yet again this council affects local business due to its war on cars.
Yet again this council affects local business due to its war on cars. Woody G Mellor
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10:01am Fri 1 Mar 13

Happy Chappie says...

I am not a York resident therefore don't know the situation reported but IF the parking is done on the footpath the parking SHOULD be stopped. If not then I agree with Woody. I do follow the antics of York Council re cars and the way that especially resident car owners are treated. Personally I will not shop in York solely because of the attack on the car owner.
I am not a York resident therefore don't know the situation reported but IF the parking is done on the footpath the parking SHOULD be stopped. If not then I agree with Woody. I do follow the antics of York Council re cars and the way that especially resident car owners are treated. Personally I will not shop in York solely because of the attack on the car owner. Happy Chappie
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10:26am Fri 1 Mar 13

sparkseffect says...

That's two more free (for an hour) parking spaces lost, then. I'll have to start using my bus pass.......
That's two more free (for an hour) parking spaces lost, then. I'll have to start using my bus pass....... sparkseffect
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10:32am Fri 1 Mar 13

BL2 says...

Happy Chappie wrote:
I am not a York resident therefore don't know the situation reported but IF the parking is done on the footpath the parking SHOULD be stopped. If not then I agree with Woody. I do follow the antics of York Council re cars and the way that especially resident car owners are treated. Personally I will not shop in York solely because of the attack on the car owner.
It's not on the pavement - the parking is on-road outside the pub.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chappie[/bold] wrote: I am not a York resident therefore don't know the situation reported but IF the parking is done on the footpath the parking SHOULD be stopped. If not then I agree with Woody. I do follow the antics of York Council re cars and the way that especially resident car owners are treated. Personally I will not shop in York solely because of the attack on the car owner.[/p][/quote]It's not on the pavement - the parking is on-road outside the pub. BL2
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4:15pm Fri 1 Mar 13

BigJon says...

I always thought that parking on the pavement was against the law seeing as it blocks the way for pedestrians, as well as damaging the kerb/flagstones, making the surfaces uneven and a trip hazard. Also, when they do it some people barely leave space for people in wheelchairs, etc to get past meaning they have to go into the road to go round....and I'm sure we all remember the recent article in The Press about the person doing exactly this and going the wrong way down the road...

Maybe the owner of the pub would like to pay for any damage that vehicles of visiting bands have caused....and then every time he gets billed again for future repairs he may think again.....
I always thought that parking on the pavement was against the law seeing as it blocks the way for pedestrians, as well as damaging the kerb/flagstones, making the surfaces uneven and a trip hazard. Also, when they do it some people barely leave space for people in wheelchairs, etc to get past meaning they have to go into the road to go round....and I'm sure we all remember the recent article in The Press about the person doing exactly this and going the wrong way down the road... Maybe the owner of the pub would like to pay for any damage that vehicles of visiting bands have caused....and then every time he gets billed again for future repairs he may think again..... BigJon
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