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Free Parking in York


3:00am 19th June 2014

Today sees the start of a new initiative to encourage residents and visitors into the city centre to visit, shop and enjoy all the city has to offer. 
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 8am until 11am, car drivers may park in selected council car parks without charge.  The free parking offer will run until March 2015 and apply to the following car parks:

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

The  free-parking has been developed as a result of work between the council and City Team York, the city's Retail Forum, the Federation of Small Businesses and key city-centre businesses such as Fenwick's, Browns, Mulberry Hall, Marks and Spencer, Barnitts, John Lewis Partnership, landowners and developers and other interested businesses.

Today's start of the free-parking initiative for three hours each Thursday, Friday and Saturday is in response to feedback from local businesses. They hope to see a boost from the free-parking period and through the City Team have committed to continue to work together to deliver a longer-term sustainable approach to support economic vitality and business growth in the city centre.

Cllr Levene, Cabinet member for Transport said: "This free parking pilot scheme is a boost to residents, traders and visitors, and demonstrates our commitment to maintaining the recent above-average increase in city centre footfall and building a Business Improvement District."

Adam Sinclair, Chair of the City Team added, "City centre businesses are now being invited to embrace the initiative by coming up with imaginative "early bird" offers and help share the message to customers. We've been working on this in the partnership with the council for some time and are pleased to see this initiative come to fruition"

Opposition Parties have expressed concerrn that the move is an "Election Gimmick" by Labour. There are also fears that there will be confusion as to which days are free and which one are not.. The Green Party has also expressed worries that the move will add to congestion in the city .




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