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Calls to end Leeds residents' lorry park headache

Fed up Leeds residents are calling for the closure of a controversial lorry park after years of uncertainty over its fate.

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HGVs continue to thunder past homes to reach Hallfield Lane lorry park for overnight stays, despite the opening of the nearby A1 (M) service station in 2008.

But the Wetherby town centre site is essential as it also provides desperately-needed, daytime long-stay parking for 118 cars.

Leaseholder John Gray is now on a rolling monthly contract with landowners Leeds City Council as he awaits a final decision on its fate.

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A public consultation and surveys on parking in Wetherby were undertaken from last May and the results are now being looked at by council officers and ward members.

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But residents say the issue with lorries has rumbled on long enough as they continue to put up with the nightly noise.

Pippa Hudson, whose flat overlooks the lorry park, is dreading

summertime.

She said: "In the summer you need to keep the windows open.

"There's 30 lorries turning the corners, changing gears and it is so loud. I did buy this flat when the lorry park was already there but you don't look into the 5am situation. You can't believe this is in Wetherby, it should be moved further out."

Another resident, who did not want to be named, added: "They should not be parking in the middle of a residential area.This has been dragging on for years. It's been insufferable."

The lorry park, which was created more than 40 years ago to cope with HGVs stopping off in Wetherby, has been leased from the city council by Mr Gray since 1980.

He said: "The lease will expire very shortly. It's when the city council can come to some agreement with what they are doing.

"If there were no HGVs there, it's no good for me to run, there would be no financial gain at all so the most likelihood would be to give my month's notice and off I go.

"I am not arguing against its closure. I have accepted my lease stops when the local authority decides."

A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council said: "We are aware of residents' concerns about parking in Wetherby town centre and carried out a public consultation exercise last year to help us put together a plan for the future.

"Once we have the final report from this study we will be able to go back to the public with our recommendations on how parking in the town centre will look, including the future of the long-stay car park on Hallfield Lane."

Back in 2007 Morrisons, which is opposite, approached the city council about taking over the running of the car park although there was never a firm proposal.

When the A1 (M) service station was built off junction 46 two years ago, relieved residents thought the lorries would park there overnight instead.

But drivers continue to choose Hallfield Lane lorry park which charges 5.50 for an overnight stay, compared to the 16 fee at the service station.

 
 
 

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