Labour has called for a strategic review of parking across the city to look at how council policy could improve matters for local residents, support local business and improve air quality. Labour’s spokesperson for transport, Coun. Stuart Barnes, raised the issue at a recent scrutiny committee, asking the council’s Conservative transport boss, Coun. Peter Dew, if he would commit to undertaking a review.
The city has an exceptional Park and Ride service, and any review would be likely to explore key issues such as balancing the costs between parking and bus use before drawing any conclusions. A new contract to run the Park and Ride service was agreed last year between the council and First York on the basis that any future parking charge changes would not undercut the viability of this service.
Councillor Barnes said the reality is that making a change in one area of policy, such as bus fares or parking charges, has a knock-on effect in people’s travel habits, so a new strategy on parking needs to analyse these impacts. There are also questions around ideas such as improved car park technology, including ‘pay on exit’ machines, and dual use of sites which could be considered.
“I’m pleased the Executive Member was open to this review” said Coun. Barnes. “It will require a proper consultation with residents, with businesses and with bus operators to be effective. I look forward to progress getting underway as soon as possible”.