Plans to introduce parking permit charges will punish residents of a Leeds suburb rather than the rogue parkers who plague their neighbourhood, according to a councillor.
Residents could be forced to fork out at least £50 a year for parking permits, which are currently free, under controversial new council proposals.
Councillors in Horsforth fought a long campaign to have residential parking zones introduced to stop students and commuters parking inconsiderately in the town.
A residential parking scheme was enforced on Lee Lane and Southway following complaints that students from Leeds Trinity University College were parking on side streets to avoid charges on the campus.
Streets off Station Road were also made into residents only parking zones because commuters travelling on the Harrogate to Leeds line parked their cars in Tinshill and Horsforth.
Councillor Chris Townsley said charging for the residential parking permits around the university is “totally wrong”.
Coun Townsley (Lib Dem, Horsforth) said: “It was the residents who needed their streets to be protected against indiscriminate parking by drivers.
“Now the council are wanting to introduce a £50 fee to all households.
“This is totally wrong. A lot of residents will not be able to afford this additional charge.
“Not only that but it will be a complete waste of the council’s funds in paying for the signs and the painting of the bays if in future they are not going to be used.
“It will also mean to return to the chaos which was caused in the first place by bad parking.
“I demand that the council looks at this again to stop being insensitive to real problems of this type throughout Leeds.”
He added: “I feel like we’re going to go back to square one and it’s a complete waste of time.”
A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “No decision has been made yet on whether to charge for parking permits as we have only recently completed the consultation process.
“We’ve had a very large response, which demonstrates the importance of consultation and all responses will be carefully considered before any recommendations are made as to whether any proposals should be taken forward.”