The Council’s Labour Leadership are going ahead with their threat to scrap the free “Minster” badge which entitles residents to discounts on car parking charges.
This was introduced some years ago as a way of recognising that residents had paid for the car park to be established in the first place.
Residents will have to apply online to purchase a replacement badge. (Ironically, today, the web site https://www.york.gov.uk/minsterbadge links weren’t working).
The Council says that the charge will go towards making up a £280,000 shortfall on car parking income.
The shortfall has arisen since Labour increased car parking charges, some by as much as 80%, when they took office.
The new scheme means the end of “free” evening parking for residents. Free evening parking was something Labour campaigned for in 2007 when a £1 per evening charge applied for residents.
Now any resident, without one of the new Minster Badges, faces a £2 charge (the same as visitors).
When announcing their plans earlier in the year, Labour claimed that they wanted to provide an incentive for “frequent visitors” to return to the City, but it now appears that those living in the City’s hinterland will NOT be able to buy a badge.
With around £300,000 in car parking income now at risk because of the free morning parking introduced at some car parks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday, it seems unlikely that the council has got its sums right.