Thanks to those residents from the Bishophill are who contacted us to say that some people are apparently exploiting the Oliver House situation to get free car parking.
The property is located in the middle of a ResPark area with residents paying around £100 a year (depending on car size) for parking permits.
Cars parked at Oliver House
Apparently some drivers are monopolising the car parking spaces which were provided for the use of staff and residents at the elderly persons home.
The 8 spaces could bring in around £1000 a year from car parking charges.
On Sunday only one of the parked vehicles was displaying ResPark pass suggesting that the Council is loosing out on potential income.
It’s about time that the Council explained what is going to happen with this building and when.
It has become clear why the Council’s leadership were so reluctant to answer questions about the future of the former elderly person’s home at Oliver House in Bishophill at the last council meeting.
A Freedom of Information response has revealed that the building is costing taxpayers nearly £2000 a month to keep empty.
The building has been unused since April 2012.
The only “occupants” are a firm called “ad hoc property management” who – in return for access – offer a “free” security service.
No rent or other income has been received for the property.
Discussions with the York CVS, which might have led to the building being sold to them, started in May 2012. They stalled several months ago.
The value of the prime site has been put at over £1 million with offers having apparently already been made, to the Council, by housing developers.
The Council has spent £30,000 over the last 18 months paying rates and on maintaining the empty property.
There are currently over 4500 people on the waiting list for social accommodation in the City. Many of these require single person accommodation
NB. The Guildhall has also now been empty for 8 months and is costing Council taxpayers around £160,000 a year in maintenance, rates and other costs.