Senior Councillor to consider early festive boost for retailers

Published Thursday, 12th October 2017

Shoppers and retailers could get an early Christmas present next week if a senior councillor approves plans to extend parking in the city centre over the festive season.

City of York Council’s executive member for transport and planning Councillor Ian Gillies will decide whether to extend the opening hours of Piccadilly car park from November 16, to coincide with the start of Christmas shopping and the St Nicholas Fayre.

The report to Cllr Gillies’ executive decision-making session next Thursday (19 October) responds to a request from retailers to allow festive visitors to stay longer in the city centre.

If approved, the council would work with the York BID (Business Improvement District) to agree the precise times of the extension.

The move would complement the increased Park & Ride service, which will operate later from all sites on Thursday evenings and later every day from the Designer Outlet and Monks Cross sites throughout the Christmas period.

Councillor Ian Gillies, executive member for transport and planning, said:

”Christmas is such an important time of year for our city–centre retailers, so we’re happy to work with them and consider any ideas they have to make the most of it.

 “Extending car parking provision in the city centre, along with the increased Park and Ride service, would help shoppers and visitors to relax and enjoy the magic of York at Christmas for longer.”

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