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Opposition Blamed for York Free Parking Scheme Delay


2:14pm 20th May 2014

The scheme to offer free parking in eight council-run car parks in York has been delayed from Monday to 19th June with council leader James Alexander blaming opposition parties.

From 19th June, it will be free to park between 8am and 11am on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the following city centre car parks:

  • Bishopthorpe Road car park
  • Castle Mills car park
  • Foss Bank car park
  • Marygate car park
  • Monk Bar car park
  • Nunnery Lane car park
  • St George's Field car park
  • Union Terrace car park

The following council car parks will still charge at those times and are not included in the scheme:

  • Bootham Row car park
  • Castle car park
  • Esplanade car park
  • Haymarket car park
  • Piccadilly car park

But council leader James Alexander is blaming opposition Liberal Democrat and Green councillors for "calling in" the scheme, which means it has to be looked at again. Speaking to councillors on the Corporate & Management Scrutiny Committee, James Alexander said the "call in" procedure was a waste of time.

But Lib Dem Ian Cuthbertson denied the "call in" was a delaying tactic and raised fears the new scheme could be a "Son of Lendal Bridge".

The meeting also heard that not all car parking machines at the affected car parks have been re-programmed to take account of the scheme.

It's hoped the scheme will boost city centre trade and the meeting also heard M&S in York will open it's store from 8am to take advantage of the new offer.

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