Just weeks after Leeds City Council decided to clamp down on dodgy car park firms, an unauthorised car park business has been hit by a £12,000 fine.
Roadside Retail Limited, which operated an illegal car park at the former Yorkshire Chemicals site on Kirkstall Road, was fined £12,000 plus costs at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday for non-compliance with an enforcement notice.
It follows a council crackdown on a range of illegal sites and firms who have failed to gain planning permission or made authorised sites safe and secure.
Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said: “I want car parks in Leeds to be operated legally and safely. This firm has been raking in money from people parking on the site but haven’t been doing so legally. I am delighted that the courts have backed us up and emphasised that dodgy car parks face prosecution.”