Free parking in York to be launched on June 19 - weeks later than planned

Free car parking in York on Saturday mornings is due to start next month after a three-week delay

Free car parking in York on Saturday mornings is due to start next month after a three-week delay

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FREE parking will be launched in York on June 19 - more than three weeks later than originally planned after opposition councillors challenged the decision.

City of York Council originally intended to begin a pilot project, allowing residents and visitors to use several city centre car parks for free on three mornings a week, next week.

But preparations for the scheme, including technical changes to the pay and display machines, had to be put on hold after Green and Liberal Democrat councillors called in the proposal for scrutiny at a meeting earlier this week.

Green group leader Andy D’Agorne questioned the authority's decision to use £300,000 from the developers of the Vangarde John Lewis site, received through a section 106 agreement as part of their planning permission, to fund the initiative.

He claimed a council report had failed to identify the likely impact on city centre congestion and other council car parks, and to identify which traffic schemes near the new retail centre would be dropped to pay for it.

"The money could have been used to fund a free shuttle bus service," he said, adding that proposals which could be dropped to fund the free parking included better public transport from Haxby/Wiggington to the Vangarde site.

Council leader James Alexander said the £300,000 had not been previously assigned to any particular project at Monks Cross, said the project had been launched in response to pleas from city centre businesses and spoke of his frustration that it was now being delayed for several weeks because of the opposition councillors' actions. But Liberal Democrat Ian Cuthbertson strongly defended their right to scrutinise decisions by the council's cabinet.

Darren Richardson, director of City and Environmental Services, revealed that Marks & Spencer had decided to open its Pavement store an hour earlier at 8am on the days of the free parking, and said the scheme would be advertised in The Press, on radio and through signs.

*Under the scheme, residents and visitors will be able to park for free in eight car parks - Nunnery Lane, Bishopthorpe Road, Castle Mills, Foss Bank, Marygate, Monk Bar, St George’s and Union Terrace - between 8am and 11am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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10:16am Wed 21 May 14

andy fowler says...

The council getting something done late, never!
Not in the world of the Great Leader, brilliant comrade Alexander Jong James.
The council getting something done late, never! Not in the world of the Great Leader, brilliant comrade Alexander Jong James. andy fowler
  • Score: -30

10:23am Wed 21 May 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Just what do they want for the centre? If they want to attract people back to shop then the consequence is traffic congestion. If they don't want congestion then don't encourage people to come into Town. Simples!

I wish the council'd sort out their objectives and all work together to achieve what's best for York, with everyone singing from the same Hymn sheet. Fat chance!
Just what do they want for the centre? If they want to attract people back to shop then the consequence is traffic congestion. If they don't want congestion then don't encourage people to come into Town. Simples! I wish the council'd sort out their objectives and all work together to achieve what's best for York, with everyone singing from the same Hymn sheet. Fat chance! Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: -39

10:34am Wed 21 May 14

purelobo says...

so d agorne would rather get his name in the paper than actually give something back to resident motorists.the man is a nonentity and if he wasn t messing with our council he d be working in poundland.
so d agorne would rather get his name in the paper than actually give something back to resident motorists.the man is a nonentity and if he wasn t messing with our council he d be working in poundland. purelobo
  • Score: -43

10:47am Wed 21 May 14

The Great Buda says...

Once again the people who work for us arn't working for us.
Once again the people who work for us arn't working for us. The Great Buda
  • Score: -94

11:39am Wed 21 May 14

jay, york says...

So one M and S store in town is to open at 8am to attract people to use the free car parking.
Why would anyone wishing to shop at M and S chose to drive into York at morning rush hour, when they can drive to Monks Cross at anytime during the day and well into the evening and park for free outside the store itself? And why would cyc want to encourage any additional traffic during rush hour? I thought the latest thinking was to make York centre more attractive to people in the evenings, which is actually a good idea. But they wont do that by withdrawing free residents parking after 6pm and introdcing riduculous schemes like this at the wrong time of day...
So one M and S store in town is to open at 8am to attract people to use the free car parking. Why would anyone wishing to shop at M and S chose to drive into York at morning rush hour, when they can drive to Monks Cross at anytime during the day and well into the evening and park for free outside the store itself? And why would cyc want to encourage any additional traffic during rush hour? I thought the latest thinking was to make York centre more attractive to people in the evenings, which is actually a good idea. But they wont do that by withdrawing free residents parking after 6pm and introdcing riduculous schemes like this at the wrong time of day... jay, york
  • Score: -30

12:52pm Wed 21 May 14

The Grim Reaper says...

I would like a refund on the £995.00 a year I pay for the privilege of parking in York. Free for one, then free for all. Yet again, residents and businesses are getting shafted by this less than mediocre council.
I would like a refund on the £995.00 a year I pay for the privilege of parking in York. Free for one, then free for all. Yet again, residents and businesses are getting shafted by this less than mediocre council. The Grim Reaper
  • Score: -45

12:59pm Wed 21 May 14

m dee says...

If the £300,000 to underwrite free city-centre parking is
taken from £2.6m earmarked from the Vangarde development to deal with congestion around Monk’s Cross,why the Dickens is it been used to create more congestion?
If the £300,000 to underwrite free city-centre parking is taken from £2.6m earmarked from the Vangarde development to deal with congestion around Monk’s Cross,why the Dickens is it been used to create more congestion? m dee
  • Score: -19

1:17pm Wed 21 May 14

greenmonkey says...

m dee wrote:
If the £300,000 to underwrite free city-centre parking is
taken from £2.6m earmarked from the Vangarde development to deal with congestion around Monk’s Cross,why the Dickens is it been used to create more congestion?
Could it be a good way to subsidise councils falling parking income for a year? And its only a finger in the air calculation, the council could actually lose more than that from those car parks that are still charging (like Castle Car Park) being left empty as shoppers switch to the free ones or switching from afternoons to mornings for their visits.

By the way, it was the council that decided it would take 3 weeks before holding the call in meeting...
[quote][p][bold]m dee[/bold] wrote: If the £300,000 to underwrite free city-centre parking is taken from £2.6m earmarked from the Vangarde development to deal with congestion around Monk’s Cross,why the Dickens is it been used to create more congestion?[/p][/quote]Could it be a good way to subsidise councils falling parking income for a year? And its only a finger in the air calculation, the council could actually lose more than that from those car parks that are still charging (like Castle Car Park) being left empty as shoppers switch to the free ones or switching from afternoons to mornings for their visits. By the way, it was the council that decided it would take 3 weeks before holding the call in meeting... greenmonkey
  • Score: -41

4:44pm Wed 21 May 14

andy fowler says...

The Grim Reaper wrote:
I would like a refund on the £995.00 a year I pay for the privilege of parking in York. Free for one, then free for all. Yet again, residents and businesses are getting shafted by this less than mediocre council.
Bet not many councillors are having to pay for their tandoori takeaways any more ;)
[quote][p][bold]The Grim Reaper[/bold] wrote: I would like a refund on the £995.00 a year I pay for the privilege of parking in York. Free for one, then free for all. Yet again, residents and businesses are getting shafted by this less than mediocre council.[/p][/quote]Bet not many councillors are having to pay for their tandoori takeaways any more ;) andy fowler
  • Score: -32

5:04pm Wed 21 May 14

Cheeky face says...

Jay is right.

why not 1000 to 1300hrs?

Or P and R free/discounted for same period.

I asked council if the residents were approached.
( Businesses and shoppers together equals trade).Question not answered
by council!

Looks like Castle Park car park. If so there are many spacesthat are well below recommended minimum width
.
Jay is right. why not 1000 to 1300hrs? Or P and R free/discounted for same period. I asked council if the residents were approached. ( Businesses and shoppers together equals trade).Question not answered by council! Looks like Castle Park car park. If so there are many spacesthat are well below recommended minimum width . Cheeky face
  • Score: -30

5:38pm Wed 21 May 14

Caecilius says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Just what do they want for the centre? If they want to attract people back to shop then the consequence is traffic congestion. If they don't want congestion then don't encourage people to come into Town. Simples!

I wish the council'd sort out their objectives and all work together to achieve what's best for York, with everyone singing from the same Hymn sheet. Fat chance!
You're assuming that the only way to get into the city centre is by car, which it isn't. The figures show that more people were using the shopping streets when Lendal Bridge was closed to cars than there had been while it was open - despite the claims of the minority of businesses who were failing to attract customers.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Just what do they want for the centre? If they want to attract people back to shop then the consequence is traffic congestion. If they don't want congestion then don't encourage people to come into Town. Simples! I wish the council'd sort out their objectives and all work together to achieve what's best for York, with everyone singing from the same Hymn sheet. Fat chance![/p][/quote]You're assuming that the only way to get into the city centre is by car, which it isn't. The figures show that more people were using the shopping streets when Lendal Bridge was closed to cars than there had been while it was open - despite the claims of the minority of businesses who were failing to attract customers. Caecilius
  • Score: 19

6:33pm Wed 21 May 14

bolero says...

Who cares? Wouldn't even come into York anytime to park for nothing.
Who cares? Wouldn't even come into York anytime to park for nothing. bolero
  • Score: -56

7:39pm Wed 21 May 14

Cheeky face says...

Businesses can easily become confused with footfall and shoppers' total spend.

Poor weather at Scarborough during the season increases shoppers numbers but not much in income!

Intelligent and understanding businesspeople/manag
ers should be able to cope. Free parking is only one option. Why the businesses did not ask anything else is unknown?.
Businesses can easily become confused with footfall and shoppers' total spend. Poor weather at Scarborough during the season increases shoppers numbers but not much in income! Intelligent and understanding businesspeople/manag ers should be able to cope. Free parking is only one option. Why the businesses did not ask anything else is unknown?. Cheeky face
  • Score: 42

9:08pm Wed 21 May 14

YOUWILLDOASISAY says...

Voting tomorrow, fantastic.

Even better next year.
Voting tomorrow, fantastic. Even better next year. YOUWILLDOASISAY
  • Score: -63

12:19am Thu 22 May 14

strangebuttrue? says...

I don't suppose the delay makes it coincide with the opening of the new P&R? The added congestion this will create at peak times may make the P&R look very attractive. Can I be the only one who thought of this or did someone else think of it before me?
I don't suppose the delay makes it coincide with the opening of the new P&R? The added congestion this will create at peak times may make the P&R look very attractive. Can I be the only one who thought of this or did someone else think of it before me? strangebuttrue?
  • Score: -26

9:22am Thu 22 May 14

andy fowler says...

YOUWILLDOASISAY wrote:
Voting tomorrow, fantastic.

Even better next year.
The mark down idiot is in full swing again
[quote][p][bold]YOUWILLDOASISAY[/bold] wrote: Voting tomorrow, fantastic. Even better next year.[/p][/quote]The mark down idiot is in full swing again andy fowler
  • Score: -82

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