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York protesters fight Union Terrace coach park sale

Protesters fight the possible sale of Union Terrace coach park
Image caption Traders argue that their businesses will be hurt if coaches cannot park at Union Terrace coach park

More than 200 protesters gathered at the Guilldhall in York to oppose plans to sell off part of a city centre coach and car park.

The protest was held to coincide with a City of York council meeting, where the sale was to be discussed.

The authority is considering selling part of Union Terrace car and coach park to the University of York St John.

Traders on Gillygate fear they will lose passing trade if coaches have to park elsewhere.

The authority had originally planned to sell the whole area, but reduced their plans following pressure from traders.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, businessman Matthew Greenwood said: "Hundreds of jobs will be lost in tourism if we end up with a diminished coach park that isn't workable because it's a health and safety hazard."

The Labour leader of York City Council said it had listened to the arguments, have compromised and will consult on new proposals.

Councillor James Alexander said: "It's important that we keep growing our economy and jobs at this very difficult time while trying to protect our assets."

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