Company bosses and restaurateurs around The Calls in Leeds have said new evening and Sunday parking charges will have a “devastating” impact on business.
Council chiefs voted in June to approve the plans to introduce further on-street charges despite a public consultation which saw two-thirds of people opposed the move.
In the move, motorists will be charged £1 for up to four hours on Sunday, of £4 all day between 10am and 6pm, and £2 on evenings until 10pm.
But businesses around The Calls say they were never directly consulted on the plans and have reacted with fury at signs which have now been displayed in the area detailing the order.
Gary Glay, owner of Morland Bathrooms, on High Court Lane, said: “Double yellow lines are a direct ‘no no to 95 per cent of the public, they avoid them like the plague.”
“They won’t even stop and come in to ask advice as to where they can park. It will have a devastating affect on our business.”
He said when he has spoken to local businesses none of them had heard about the decision until the signs went up.
“The council are going to be inundated with objections,” he added.
Steve Ridealgh, owner of restaurant Brasserie 44, on The Calls, said: “I can’t see this affecting the city centre bars and restaurants but it will sure as hell affect us and our neighbours.”
He said during the day - when it has historically cost to park on-street - the roads, and businesses, are quiet.
“But at night the bays are all occupied, for free, and we have more customers. This is now another reason for people not to come down here. It’s infuriating, it really is.”
A Leeds City Council spokesman said: “Notices have now been placed advertising proposals for a Traffic Regulation Order for parts of Leeds City Centre which includes changes to the current pay and display policy in the evenings and on Sundays.
“This advertisement follows approval of the changes by the council’s Executive Board and is part of the comprehensive formal consultation process which takes place before any Traffic Regulation Order comes into effect.
“Members of the public can now contact the council with their views on the Traffic Regulation Order.
“Proposals to introduce charges on Sundays for all pay and display parking have been drawn up because of increased demand for parking spaces in the city centre.
“It is expected this will result in people parking for shorter periods of time, freeing up spaces to allow more visitors and shoppers to come to the city centre, which will benefit local traders.“An extension of charging and the length of limited stay to 10pm, seven days a week will also support the city’s growing night time economy.”