Questions tabled for the Council meeting on 10th October will finally reveal the scale of fine income that the Council is now getting from drivers who use Lendal Bridge and Coppergate during restricted hours.
Unconfirmed figures, leaked by the Council, suggest that over 1000 drivers a WEEK are still using Lendal Bridge during restricted hours.
If everyone who received a penalty notice paid £60 then it would add a whopping £3 million to Council coffers plus income from Coppergate.
A private briefing to journalists accepts the 1000 figure but says that many drivers will successfully appeal while others will quickly stomp up the £30 discounted rate.
Questions on Lendal Bridge and Coppergate tabled for Council meeting on 10th October click to enlarge
Officials admit that bus reliability has not changed much since the Lendal Bridge closure while traffic congestion is much as expected.
The briefing comes from the same team that has yet to answer questions tabled during a “twitter debate” in August. They promised then to answer all submitted questions and add them to the Councils web site.
They have singularly failed to do so.
So embarrassed are Council Leaders, with the scale of the contraventions, that they are floating the idea of an amnesty for first offenders.
A kind of yellow card system.
But there will be nowhere to hide on 10th October.
Not only will the scale of the PR disaster become apparent but the impact on City centre trade will be revealed.
A question to the Council Leader, from Liberal Democrat Group Leader Keith Aspden, asks for daily numbers from the Councils City centre footfall cameras since the beginning of August.
The improving economic situation suggests that there should be a major increase compared to last year.
We will see
A list of all the questions submitted for the meeting can be seen here.