Influencing the City Council to improve the technology in car parks has been a key remit for the York BID. The general consensus is that technology is outdated and that visitors often have to rush back to car parks to put more money in the metre. The BID conducted a survey in 2017 looking at this factor, which showed that this experience had a negative perception for visitors and that new technology would be welcomed.
In 2018, the BID worked with City York Council to commission a national car parking consultant to review the Council’s 12 city centre car parks and recommend appropriate technology. The study brought back options for each car park, focusing on solutions that made it easier for people to dwell in the city i.e. based on pay on exit / contactless technology / ANPR cameras.
In February 2019, City of York Council budgeted circa £300k for car park improvements. The BID Board committed £100k to add to the pot. The BID will develop a steering group with the Council to update and convert two car parks with new technology during the 2019/20 financial year. This will provide proof of concept and start the business case to raise funding for conversion of all car parks.
In the meantime, the BID will continue to encourage City York Council to provide flexible offers to support Christmas trade, such as the free parking at Piccadilly car park in 2017 to support late night Christmas shopping.