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Car parks to reopen

Published Friday, 12 June 2020

From Monday 15 June, City of York Council will reopen all council run car parks, providing additional disabled bays and continuing free parking for critical care workers.

Reopening council car parks is all part of the council’s Economic Recovery – Transport and Place Strategy, to build resident, visitor and stakeholder confidence that York is a safe, healthy and attractive place for everyone to enjoy.

To coincide with many retailers and businesses reopening their doors next week, the council is reopening all its city centre car parks including Fossbank and Piccadilly, which is inline with new changes in national guidelines.

Critical care workers are classified as per government guidance here, which no longer includes all key workers - will be able to park for free. They will need to display letter headed paper from their organisation clearly in their vehicle.

The following changes have been made in the car parks to support and protect members of the public, including:

  • providing cashless payment options through the Ringo App
  • social distancing markings being placed round all parking machines

To encourage the safe return of residents and visitors the council will be monitoring car park usage and will considering incentivised short stay parking in some of the city’s car parks. A report will come to the June meeting of the Executive, detailing the locations, the offers and times.

To find a full list and locations of the council’s car parks, visit: www.york.gov.uk/parking

Blue Badge holders:

Blue Badge holders can, as has always been the case, park for free in any bay in all council car parks as well as take advantage of using disabled bay spaces in council car parks. For more information on Blue Badge parking visit: www.york.gov.uk/BlueBadgeParking

An additional 40 disabled parking bays have been allocated for Blue Badge holders in Monk Bar car park just off Lord Mayor’s Walk, these will be available from Wednesday.

Direct communications will be sent to all Blue Badge holders this month providing advice, support and details on the changes.

This is in addition to the new bays on Piccadilly and is because York’s city centre pedestrian zone is being extended. This is to create more space to implement social distancing measures around shops and businesses and allow safe avenues for pedestrians to travel. The pedestrian zone is increasing to include:

  • Goodramgate (between Deangate and King’s Square)
  • King’s Square
  • Church Street
  • Colliergate
  • Blake Street
  • St Helen’s Square
  • Lendal

The core footstreet rules will apply to the extension area, including no vehicles being allowed to access, or park on, these streets, including deliveries between 10.30am and 5pm. The council is exploring a further extension of the hours in to the evening, to coincide with the reopening of the hospitality sector.

During the footstreet times, barriers (staffed for an initial period) will be in place in Goodramgate and Blake Street to control access, but emergency vehicles will be permitted access at all times.

Shop-mobility is also reopening at Piccadilly car park from Monday, to help direct people to other car parks and provide on the day information about car parking availability.

Shopmobility is a registered charity that provides electric scooters, wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs for hire to enable people to enjoy the shops and attractions in York.  To contact Shopmobility, please call 01904 679 222 or email info@shopmobilityyork.org.uk.

Any residents who are vulnerable or are medically shielding can continue to access support through community hubs, which continue to:

  • support the most vulnerable residents with delivering foods
  • deploy York's pool of volunteers
  • support people with collecting and delivering their prescriptions
  • support community pharmacies with deliveries

Anyone needing help because they are directly affected by coronavirus and have no other source of help or who are struggling financially, should email covid19help@york.gov.uk or call 01904 551550. The helpline is open seven days a week.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

“Planning for the city’s recovery and to build back a better York is our key priority.  We are moving at pace to introduce new measures before the 15 June to support social distancing, so our residents and local businesses can enjoy the city in safety and with confidence.

“Over the last few months, we have seen a fantastic response from our communities to slow the spread of the virus. It is important that we continue these efforts by adopting a public-health approach to guide our recovery, so we can continue to make safer choices and to support each other.

“Residents will be able to give feedback about the recovery plans by participating in the city-wide consultation ‘Our Big Conversation’, which will help produce a long-term vision for the city. This will be launched in the next couple of weeks, so please look out for the detail to follow.”

Cllr Andy D’Agorne, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Transport, said:

“These are all important steps to improve access to the city centre in a safe and easy fashion, as well as making the most of the most of the opportunities to support our businesses in these difficult times.

“This action is crucial to help keep residents and visitors safe, in line with latest government guidance.”

Next Steps:

  • guidance on safely opening will be issued to businesses this week, including a toolkit here
  • ahead of the 15 June, safety and guidance street signs/floor stickers and markings will be in place across the city centre for pedestrians
  • this will be launched in the next couple of weeks
  • residents can stay up-to-date with the latest proposals and Our Big Conversation by signing up to the weekly resident newsletter
  • to stay up-to-date with the proposals

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