Freeze on car park charges planned to help York bounce back from the floods

No more to pay… Castle car park in York. Photograph © Google Street View
23 Jan 2016 @ 12.31 pm
| News, Transport

City leaders plan to freeze car park charges for the next financial year.

Prices at council-run car parks will stay at their current levels for 12 months, if the proposal gets the go-ahead in next month’s budget.

Alongside this, the Conservative-Liberal Democrat run City of York Council has confirmed that it will contribute £50,000 to a new UK-wide campaign to promote York.

Tourism bosses in the city say this will be their biggest ever marketing campaign as work continues to promote York following the floods.

Council car parks include…

Castle
Foss Bank
Marygate
Monk Bar
Piccadilly
St George’s Field

Earlier this month the York Press revealed that the Castle Car Park alone generates £1.25 million a year for the council.

‘York is looking up’

“Clearly it would be unfair to put up car parking charges when city centre traders are struggling to recoup their losses after the floods and when so many businesses have faced disruption and loss of footfall, whether their premises were flooded or not,” said Cllr Ian Gillies, executive member for transport and planning.

“York is looking up and freezing city centre car park charges will help welcome visitors back to all of our attractions.”

Deputy leader Cllr Keith Aspden said:

The is part of a range of measures to help York businesses bounce back from the recent flooding.

We need to get the message out that York is open for business and do all we can to encourage people locally and nationally to visit the city.

We want York to be on everyone’s to do list in 2016.