A meeting has been held to discuss the traffic chaos caused by the Balloon Fiesta on the Knavesmire on Saturday 29 September.
There were numerous examples of illegal parking, like here on Ainsty Grove
The meeting, on 4 October, involved City of York Council transport officers, Make it York, the Police and the event organisers. We understand that they discussed what happened and if there were any possible solutions to avoid a repeat of the problems caused.
Importantly, the council has told the organisers that they have to submit a full traffic and parking management plan early in 2019, drawn up by a fully qualified company, which will need to be approved by the Head of Transport before any decision is made to allow the event to take place again on the Knavesmire.
Local residents have asked why the race day traffic arrangements weren’t used for this event. The response we have received is that a wider traffic management plan such as the one in place for race meetings was not considered appropriate for this event owing to the extended and flexible arrival and departure times. In addition, the use of this type of plan could have created further problems given the poor management of the car parking by the event organisers.
Date: Sun 6 Dec
Time: Registration opens 9am
Venue: York Knavesmire
Cost : £10
Dress up like Santa and chase a christmas pudding around the Knavesmire. Run up to 6Km and raise some money for a great cause.
This event is a 6km walk, jog or run with a difference. Your £10 entry fee will get you a free Santa suit for you to dress up in and complete the 3km or 6km circuit.
The event is organised by the British Heart Foundation and all proceeds go to the charity. Now in its 6th year the event is a fun Christmas packed morning that helps you burn of a few calories before the festive season.
All abilities are welcomed and children can take part too.
There is even a Christmas themed fancy dress competition for those aged under 14 years old.
The York Council has responded to a Freedom of Information request by publishing a list of the rents that it has received for allowing use of public open spaces in the City
Click here for full list
The rents help to pay for the clean up costs and administrative work. A bond is required for some events and sometimes these are not reclaimed.
Most activities are free of charge with many providing an additional leisure choice for York residents and visitors.
The amounts paid for events on public open spaces range from £200 for dog training on the Knavesmire to £2000 paid by the circus also on the Knavesmire.
The Continental market on Parliament Street brings in a healthy £5600 a go while the Food and Drink festival is the top earner at £13,022.
The Council has also listed the organisations which have used the (free) “charity” stall on Parliaments Street.
It is an eclectic list dominated by the Baha’i Faith, Bible education and York Palestine Solidarity.