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Enhancing York's shopping area

York city council

12:01am 1st December 2011

City of York Council's Cabinet Member for City Strategy will be asked today (Thursday 1st December 2011) to approve plans that will improve and enhance the quality of the city's central shopping area.

Cllr Dave Merrett will be asked to approve a number of options in a report going to a decision session.

The review updates the ongoing management of traffic in the central shopping area of the city and highlights possible future alterations requiring further investigation.

Recommendations include changes to pedestrian zones, improved cycle parking and enabling a more straightforward way of enforcing regulations where and when necessary.

If approved the following recommendations will include:

  • Introduce experimental Traffic Regulation Orders to rationalise the hours of operation of the footstreets, extend the regulations to include Fossgate
  • Investigate the issues surrounding use of the footstreets by blue badge and green permit holders
  • Note the investigation into the scope for new approaches to the enforcement of moving traffic regulation orders for potential expansion into the footstreets
  • During the experimental TRO period above investigate the options for permitting cycling in parts of the pedestrian zone if / when / where drivers with mobility difficulties are allowed
  • Approve the implementation of additional cycle parking.
  • Introduce permanent Traffic Regulation Orders to close a route into Blake Street from Duncombe Place
    Install advisory 10mph signs
  • Amend the existing Traffic Regulation Orders relating to the one way system and pay and display parking on an evening
  • Note the initiation of a Freight Transhipment scheme business case.
  • Approve further investigations into expanding the pedestrian zone further towards Monk Bar and amending the traffic management arrangements in Micklegate
  • Approve the implementation of an "A" boards zero tolerance zone.

Councillor Dave Merrett, said:

"York is a unique city with world class heritage. We want to improve the visitor and shopper experience in an extended footstreets area, and to ensure that key public spaces and approaches in to and out of the city centre provide a fitting backdrop for a city of York's importance.

"This review links in closely with the work the council and Sir Ron Cooke are currently carrying out as part of our Reinvigorate York scheme. The initiative will provide a lasting legacy, enhancing the public realm for future generations and supporting city centre retailers."

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