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Selby's car park fees go up

Selby District Council

12:19pm 8th July 2011

There are to be changes to car park charges in the Selby district, following agreement at the District Council's Executive meeting this week (Thursday 7 July), although they are to remain some of the lowest in the area.

Whilst the Council's Executive has agreed to increase charges overall, this comes after a three-year period in which charges have remained unchanged as the Council supported the local economy during the recession.

Compared to neighbouring areas, Selby will continue to offer excellent value for money, with short stay visits to the town centre from just 50p compared to an hour's parking in York for £1.80.*

Back in 2006 the Council redesigned the charging structure for its car parks in an effort to increase use and turnover to support local businesses.

Evidence shows that this approach has worked, therefore giving a real benefit to local companies.

All pay and display car parks run by Selby District Council have also just been re-accredited with 'Parkmark' status; a charter mark given only to those sites that are maintained to the highest standard and have a range of safety and security features.

The report to the Executive meeting was delivered by Cllr Chris Metcalfe.

He said:

"Charges have not increased for three years, during which time the cost of operating the car parks has risen by around 15%. That's been a deliberate attempt to support local businesses during the worst of the recession.

"We're not talking about huge increases here. The reality is that charges for parking in Selby will remain some of the lowest in the region.

"Our approach to increase use of car parks has worked, with a knock-on benefit for our businesses; a record that I'm proud of."

Full details of the new charges will be advertised in local media and at the car parks. Alongside the pay and display car parks in Selby, the District Council also operates car parks without charges at Sherburn in Elmet and Tadcaster.

Under the Council's new decision-making processes, this decision of the Executive is now subject to call-in from the council's scrutiny function. *Charges for Marygate car park, York

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