Minster FM is claiming that the parking enforcement camera van has now expanded its coverage area to include shopping streets.
Amongst them is Front Street in Acomb together with Acomb Road itself.
Traders in the sub-urban area have been having a difficult time over recent years and any suggestion that customers could pick up a £70 fine for parking would be an unwelcome development.
Free parking is one of the few advantages that small traders in Acomb have over the retail giants.
The camera car was introduced to stop poor (sometimes dangerous) parking outside primary schools in the City. Although not popular with everyone, we recognise that the initiative was a genuine attempt by the Council to address a real problem.
Local schools being monitored include Westfield and Woodthorpe
Extending the use of spy cameras to routinely issue tickets in less critical streets would be a step too far.
We are fortunate that York’s parking wardens (civil enforcement officers) do exercise discretion before issuing fixed penalty tickets. That approach needs to continue.
It appears that the Labour Council have learned little form the Lendal bridge fiasco. There, the crude use of cameras to enforce restrictions that were misunderstood by many, damaged the City’s reputation.
Labour’s inclusion, in their budget for the current year, of an additional £150,000 from spy camera generated fines confirms that they intend to continue the war against their own citizens.
NB. Respondents to our survey in west York have come out by 2:1 against the extended use of spy cameras in the City.