New Parking Scheme In York
7:18am 24th June 2014
(Updated 1:49pm 24th June 2014)
More than 80,000 people have badges designed for people living in York to get cheaper parking in council parks.
It's been free since it was brought in back in 1996, but now a £20 charge for a two year badge is being brought in.
If you don't have it from September you could be fined.
The re-branded parking badge, previously known as the ‘York Residents Discount Parking Permit’ is available to purchase online at https://www.york.gov.uk/minsterbadge from 1 July and lasts for two years.
Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:
“We estimate over 80,000 have been issued since 1996 and to ensure the scheme is only used by City of York Council taxpayers, from July they can opt in to the new Minster Badge scheme to get discounted parking in the city centre all year round.”
Opposition Councillor Keith Aspden said:
" It is wrong for Labour to scrap the current Minster Badge scheme which is popular with residents and allows people to park in the city-centre for free in the evenings. Residents will now have to pay £20 to get any discounts. With Labour wasting so much money elsewhere many will wonder why the resource couldn't be found to continue the scheme, which actually gievs something back to York taxpayers. I also wonder what impact more expensive parking will have on businesses in the city-centre still reeling from Labour's Lendal Bridge debacle."
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