City of York Council has made the decision to change the working hours of its Civil Enforcement Officers (parking wardens) from a four day week of 37 hours, to a five day week of 37 hours.
The changes made will ensure that, despite a necessary reduction in resource, the council can still operate an effective, full service and provide residents peace of mind that their streets will be continue to be monitored for wrongful parking.
The authority will implement these changes over the coming weeks.
The council has this week received notice from UNISON that industrial action will take place between 9th and 15th July.
All car parks will be in operation across the city during this period and parking areas will continue to be monitored.
The dedicated parking hotline will also be in operation as normal, so that calls from residents can be taken and issues on parking can be dealt with. The number for residents to call to report issues in Resident Parking areas or illegal parking on yellow lines is 0800 138 1119.
Sally Burns, Directors of Communities and Neighbourhoods for City of York Council comments:
"We have made the decision to move York's civil enforcement team to a five day week, to enable the council to run an effective and full service across the city, despite undertaking a necessary reduction in resource. This decision has not been taken lightly and takes into consideration best practice models elsewhere.”
"We have been in discussion for some time with UNISON to minimise disruption for staff ahead of the changes taking place and will continue to work with them throughout this process. However, we cannot get the city-wide coverage we need for the service we have, without moving to five days a week.”