Traffic and parking decisions nodded through at behind closed doors session.
The man responsible for the secrecy was Labour Councillor David Levene.
Over 50 proposals for changes to parking restrictions and other local traffic management measures were decided last week.
Residents had no opportunity to influence the decisions with papers only being published on the Councils web site AFTER the meeting had concluded.
Labour Councillors representing areas like Westfield failed to make any representations on the plans which potentially affect dozens of local residents and hundreds of drivers.
This is the kind of secrecy and indifference that should disappear when Labour lose the Westfield by election and with it their Council majority.
The background reports can be read by clicking these links
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8 garages have become available for rent in the Foxwood area.
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They are available for £6-99 a week for tenants or £8-39 for other residents.
There are also vacant garages available in Ascot Way, Windsor Garth, Ridgeway, Thoresby Road and Bramham Road as well as on many other estates across the whole City.
Rents for garages near the City centre are higher.
To express an interest in renting a garage tel 01904 552096
Clifton Liberal Democrats are pushing for Newborough Street to be converted into a residential parking zone due to the shocking lack of availability for local residents.
Local families are unable to park outside their own homes due to a large number of local workers and city commuters taking advantage of the street’s unrestricted parking. This problem is only set to increase with the completion of the new eco-homes development, local homeowner and Liberal Democrat campaigner Tobie Abel is calling on the council to take action.
A petition to convert the street into a residential parking zone has been gaining momentum and will be submitted to City of York Council on the 17th of July. Residents can show their support by contacting Tobie at email@example.com.
“After speaking to local residents it is clear that the current situation cannot continue. Newborough Street’s proximity to the hospital, the football club and the city centre puts a real strain on the limited parking available. Everyone I have spoken to has been very supportive of the petition, and we are calling on the council to take action.
The residential parking zone would finally give Newborough Street homeowners the spaces that they desperately need.”
The new equipment for Marygate has apparently has cost £100,000.
The reliability record of this type of system is also patchy
There are some big questions to be answered about value for money with residents discount Minster Badges now costing £20. .
Apparently the facility to pay by charge/credit card (or phone) will be withdrawn. Not clear whether it is a “no change given” machine. Assume it will accept notes!!
NB. Will charges apply in the evening? How will badge holders exit without paying?
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.
We predict a strong reaction against the new charges from residents, some of whom may now choose to shop, and play, away from the City Centre.
The York Council has now published details of where the controversial “spy camera” van has been operating.
The van has generated 473 fixed penalty notices. Of these most (249) have been paid at the £35 prompt payment rate.
222 are outstanding with 65 subject to appeals.
A day by day list of the locations visited by the camera van can be downloaded by clicking here
The total number of parking tickets issued by the York Council increased during the last (financial) year
- 2010/11 – 20,262
- 2011/12 – 16,510
- 2012/13 – 14,010
- 2013/14 – 17,232
The value of the fines income generated also increased, as did enforcement costs
- 2010/11 £581,444
- 2011/12 £465,902
- 2012/13 £414,294
- 2013/14 £485,758 (2137 outstanding tickets)
Cost of enforcement
- 2010/11 £818,977
- 2011/12 £716,113
- 2012/13 £665,207
- 2013/14 £750,750
The number of tickets successfully appealed was:
- 2010/11 – 4074
- 2011/12 – 3655
- 2012/13 – 3074
- 2013/14 – 3490
Tenants living in flats at the high numbered end of Askham Lane have requested the Council to provide a parking lay-by on the wide verge outside their homes.
An increasing number of vehicles have been parking on the verge itself recently.
These have damaged the verge and potentially are a source of danger to pedestrians.
The scheme will have to be consulted on through the next estate improvements ballot.
The campaign to have the Thoresby, St Stephens, Cornlands and Tennent Road estate given a “make over” has gained substantial support from residents.
The main areas for improvement so far identified include:
Gulleys need clearing
Gates and fences need repairing
Garage areas need cleaning and resurfacing
Snickets need resurfacing
Vandalism at parks
Dumping on snickets
1. Repairs to verges and protective posts (or selective bitmacing)
2. Verge trimming
3. More car parking.
4. Weed removal.
5. Repairs to gates and fencing.
6. Snicket and other resurfacing
7. Gulley cleaning
8. A major spring clean of communal areas, garages, snickets, forecourts including painting street furniture, replacing notices etc etc.
9. Trees/hedges cutting back from paths and boundaries.
Housing is the one area where there haven’t been any cuts.
Over £13 million is held by the Council in reserves(!)
Yet this decline happens?
More off road car parking needed
The Labour leadership have been asked to clarify their policy on evening charges following their decision on Thursday to scrap resident’s car parking discounts.
As well as providing a reduced fee during the day, the Minster badge entitles residents to park for free at City centre car parks after 6:00pm.
Those without badges are charged £2.
The Minster badge is being replaced by a “frequent user” card but this will cost £20 and will be available to anyone.
The Council have also been criticised for not extending the discounts available to small/low emission vehicles in the City.