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Blue Badge holders asked for views on parking

Published Thursday, 15 April 2021

City of York Council wants York’s Blue Badge holders' views on potential new parking in York city centre.

The council is reviewing options to provide additional disabled parking locations at the edges of the city centre pedestrianised footstreets area. It is doing so before considering whether to make permanent the temporary changes to access arrangements introduced last year, potentially removing Blue Badge access exemptions on specific streets.

This would make the current temporary arrangements permanent, with no vehicles allowed to enter the footstreets area between 10.30am and 5.00pm (apart from emergency vehicles and a very limited number of service exemptions).

A separate consultation will take place over the decision. For now the council wants to understand how useful these potential additional Blue Badge parking locations next to the footstreets would be.

The new locations represent a mix of new parking bays, potential shared spaces and options to improve some double yellow line parking with dedicated bays.

The areas under consideration are:

  • Junction of Blake Street and Duncombe Place – next to the Visit York building and Grays Solicitors
  • Duncombe Place Horse and Carriage Bay – on the road leading to the Minster
  • St Andrewgate – the road leading down the side of Barnitt’s onto King’s Square
  • St Andrews Place – off St Andrewgate
  • Deangate – between the Cross Keys and the Minster
  • Stonebow – outside Calvert's Carpets
  • St Denys Road – near St Denys’ Church
  • Cumberland Street – by the York Opera House
  • Lord Mayor's Walk – alongside the wall near Monk Bar
  • St Leonard's Place – near the De Grey Rooms

As part of the consultation, the council is also talking to other users of these spaces, including taxi associations, neighbouring businesses and residents.

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, deputy leader and executive member for transport, said:

York city centre has many pressures on street space so we need to make sure that space is used to make it as safe and accessible as possible.

“The extensive engagement last year showed us that this is a difficult balance to find.

“While the benefits of the footstreets are felt by many disabled residents and businesses, we’re determined to find alternative Blue Badge parking if that would help to reduce the negative impact on others.

“We need Blue Badge holders to tell us which new locations might improve their access to and experience of the city centre, so please take the survey or sign up for the workshop.”

You can take the online survey.

You will be shown a number of potential new places for Blue Badge parking and asked questions about the locations, types of bays and other options at each location.

Online workshops will be held on Thursday 22 April, where our transport officer will hear your views and answer any questions about this.

The first session will take place from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. The second session will take place from 5.00pm to 6.30pm

You can register for the workshops online.