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York Council Lendal Bridge Legal Costs Revealed

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4:54pm 29th April 2014

The cost of legal fees so far of York Council's challenge to a government judge's ruling on the Lendal Bridge and Coppergate restrictions have been revealed.

The total cost of barrister's fees so far, revealed under Freedom of Information laws, is £6,900.

The council has been taking independent legal advice after a government appointed judge ruled the use of cameras to enforce the Coppergate and Lendal Bridge restrictions was unlawful. York Council continues to insist the advice it has had shows it has been operating within the law.

In a statement on 9th April, Darren Richardson, Director of City and Environmental Services, said:

“We remain confident that any PCN’s issued are valid and this follows independent legal advice confirming the trial was operating within the law. Restrictions will be lifted on Lendal Bridge on Saturday 12 April. Drivers are urged to continue to adhere to these restrictions until this date.

“Restrictions on Coppergate are permanent and have been in place since the 1960s and will continue to remain in place.

“We have said from the outset that the purpose of the Lendal Bridge trial is not to generate revenue, but to reduce traffic going over the bridge and through the city centre, as part of a long-term vision to create a more attractive and thriving city centre for us all.

“Doing nothing for York is not an option. A report will be taken to May 6 Cabinet outlining proposals to introduce a new commission to consider what should be done to tackle traffic congestion in York long-term.

“As it stands, it is also important to stress at this point that any income generated from PCNs and will be invested back into the city’s transport and highways infrastructure.”

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