Parking changes to support Tadcaster businesses

Selby District Council’s executive member for communities and economic development and the authority’s chief executive have been out with a team at Tadcaster central area car park today, to advise people of new parking arrangements designed to support local traders following the recent floods.

From this week, a new system of long and short stay parking is being put in place at the town’s main car park, with the aim of freeing up spaces for shoppers and visitors.  The District Council has done this as a direct result of suggestions made at a recent public meeting in the town, which focused on how to help businesses following the flooding.  Parking space has been affected by the flooding and the loss of the main bridge.

With Tadcaster now back in business following the flooding, these changes are designed to free up spaces, giving people easier access to shops and local services.  It is part of a wider programme of support being developed and delivered by Selby District Council and other key partners, to help the business and wider community.

Selby District Council chief executive, Mary Weastell, is joined by the Council’s executive member for communities and economic development, Cllr Chris Metcalfe, talking to people using Tadcaster’s central area car park about new short stay parking arrangements, designed to help traders following the recent floods.

Whilst the town’s main bridge remains closed following damage during the floods, shops and services on both sides of the town remain open for business, with plans in place for a new footbridge linking the two sides.  Selby District Council’s executive member for communities and economic development and local Tadcaster councillor, Chris Metcalfe, explained why the District Council was taking this action at the car park, “This is a practical measure to help our local traders. Many of those businesses who were affected by the recent flooding are now back up and running, and we must do our best to support them in any way we can”.

District Council chief executive, Mary Weastell, added, “We hope that people using the car park will understand our reasons for introducing these changes and work with us to help the town’s traders.  The District Council is committed to working together with businesses, the wider community and other organisations such as the Local Enterprise Partnership, to help support businesses affected and encourage and support people to use local shops and services.  This issue was raised by people in the town last week, so we’ve acted quickly in response to support Tadcaster, which remains very much open for business”.

Staff will continue to be on site over a number of days to explain the changes to parking in person to people using the central area car park.