Liberal Democrat Councillors have launched a petition calling on the Council to reverse the proposed increase to parking charges at the York Community Stadium.
The new £10 charge was agreed by Tory Executive member Peter Dew at a meeting which took place 3 weeks ago.
Under current proposals, fans travelling to park at the Park & Ride facilities to reach the Stadium may be charged £10 to park, increasing from the current £5 price.
This will be in addition to some spaces reserved for the sports clubs, continuing Park & Ride services and free parking at the Vangarde Shopping Centre, which will be limited to two hours on all match days.
If approved, local councillors are concerned that fans travelling to the Community Stadium will seek alternative or cheaper parking in nearby Huntington, increasing local traffic in the community and on-street parking on matchdays.
Local Liberal Democrat Councillors for Huntington and New Earswick have voiced their concerns at the proposals and have now launched a petition calling for a reduction to the proposed fare increase.
Cllr Chris Cullwick, Liberal Democrat Councillor for Huntington and New Earswick, said:
“Residents across Huntington and New Earswick will be hugely concerned to learn of the proposals to increase parking charges at the Community Stadium, as well as the city’s sports fans.”
“If the parking charges at the Park & Ride increase to £10, this will only result in traffic misery for residents in Huntington. Fans may well still travel to the Stadium by car regardless of price, but instead, they will choose the streets of Huntington as a cheaper or alternative parking.”
“If residents or sports fans feel as concerned as me and my colleagues about the potential impact of the proposed parking charge increase, then I would strongly encourage them to sign our petition and send a clear message.”
To sign the petition and voice your concerns over the proposed parking charge increase, please visit: www.yorklibdems.org.uk/stadium_parking_charges.