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Central Leeds: Parking row sees highways paint around protest

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  • by Jonathan Brown
 

Highways workers have painted double yellow lines between cars in Leeds city centre in a row over new parking charges.

Leeds City Council staff had to work around a handful of vehicles moved outside two firms in The Calls, as businesses continue to voice their opposition to the council’s controversial Sunday and evening parking charges.

The firms claim the authority is yet to properly consult with them about the road markings outside their premises, which are to replace single yellow lines.

Peter Connolly, managing director of 46 The Calls, led a three-car protest outside his firm and was fined by wardens yesterday.

He told the YEP: “I’m going to continue to stand firm because we have been involved in the regeneration of the city centre for the last 25 years and to see this heavy-footed, arrogant approach, which is destructive for the city, is just not acceptable.”

He said the council’s notices displaying the new charges are also “inadequate” and leading to more people being fined.

Over 390 tickets were issued to drivers who failed to correctly pay the evening and Sunday charges in the first six days after their introduction last month.

Gary Clay, who runs Morland Bathrooms, claims the way firms have been treated by the council led to a “stand off” in High Court Lane, where he refused to move a van to prevent workers, who then painted around it.

He said: “There’s just nil consideration for the people that are being affected most by this.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The behaviours demonstrated are unacceptable and we hope that the matter is now resolved.”

She said the correct legal procedures were followed in running a full consultation for the double yellow lines, which are being installed to “ensure the free and safe flow of traffic”.

She added new tariffs are “clearly” displayed on machines and on the council’s website.

 

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