Wednesday 28th February 2018

GREEN party councillors are calling for hundreds of thousands of pounds to be poured into York’s parks.

The party has produced its alternative budget for City of York Council, including £239,000 extra a year for gardeners, park rangers and the night time locking of the city’s five parks.

The party is also pushing for a 10 per cent cut in cost of residents’ parking fees, to be paid for by a 10p per hour increase in charges for non-resident city centre parking.

At the same time, they want to see council tax go up by a total of 5.99 per cent- higher than both the joint Lib Dem/ Conservative administration’s 3.5 per cent and Labour’s bid of 4.5 percent.

However, Green group leader Cllr Andy D’Agorne said £300,000 brought in by the tax hike would go towards helping people on the lowest incomes by changing the rules on council tax support, and through the Financial Assistance Fund.

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