The Foxwood Residents Association recently used the Freedom of Information legislation to find out how many empty Council owned garages were available in the neighbourhood.
It turns out that the number was relatively small.
The Council says that it has a waiting list at most blocks.
However, the Council doesn’t routinely keep an up to date list of vacancies posted on its social media channels.
We think that is a mistake.
An empty garage brings in no revenue for the Authority while the chances of a void garage being vandalised are high.
We think that it may be time to outsource the management of this asset.
A contractor could be targeted to ensure that all garages are kept in use and that they are maintained to a high standard.
It might also help to reduce parking congestion on some roads in the City!
Car parking charges up
Councillors are expected to day to confirm increased charges for many York Council services.
There is an eyewatering 33% increase in the fine level for anyone found littering the streets They will pay £100 a time (early payment discount £75-00) Unfortunately very few fines have been issued in recent years and litter remains a problem in parts of the City
The Council is also hiking the rent for garages. This despite many having been left empty. The Council could bring in more income by actively marketing the vacancies. Filling the garages would also reduce on street parking problems in some suburban estates. Council tenants will pay £7-43 for a garage while private individuals may rent one for £8-92. There are higher charges for high demand are while areas with a low demand attract discount rates
Car parking charges are increasing by 10p per hour. 5 hours parking at a short stay car park will cost £11-50
No elasticity of demand analysis is included in the Council budget papers. In recent years the Council has rarely achieved its budgeted income from parking charges
A list of the new charges can be found by clicking here