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Residents celebrate parking victory on inner-city streets of Leeds

Parking problems on Rigton Approach and Rigton Drive in Ebor Gardens. Pictured residents Pamela Maltby, left, and Irene Pickering. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Parking problems on Rigton Approach and Rigton Drive in Ebor Gardens. Pictured residents Pamela Maltby, left, and Irene Pickering. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

  • by Alison Bellamy
 

RESIDENTS living on inner-city streets plagued by unwanted parked cars, are celebrating news that residents only parking permits are to be introduced.

The change is set to be implemented in the summer as the regulation has been passed for three streets in Burmantofts.

Rigton Approach, Rigton Drive and Hazelwood Close will now be off limits for workers from nearby St James’s Hospital and Quarry House, who park on the residential streets to avoid paying daily parking fees.

The streets are just a few minutes walk from city centre Leeds and attract scores of workers who leave their vehicles each weekday morning. Yet at weekends, the streets are quiet.

Resident Pamela Maltby, 75, said: “The situation is a nightmare. The streets are packed from around 8am each day, until 5.30pm. There is no space for the people who live here. The problem has been going on for some time. We have complained and are pleased about the residents’ only permits. It will make a huge difference.

“A lot of the people living here are elderly or disabled and need access to their cars or people picking them up.”

Leeds City Council has made the move after numerous complaints. Signs will be put up and permits given out to residents and extra permits for their visitors to use. The streets will be monitored by traffic wardens.

Another residents Irene Pickering, 71, said: “I’ve been in hospital recently and it was impossible for the ambulance to stop outside, it really is horrendous, with cars on the pavements and blocking the corners.

“It really is unbearable that we have to put up with this on a daily basis. We are pleased about the permits and it will make a difference.”

Councillor Ron Grahame, (Lab, Richmond Hill and Burmantofts) said: “Anyone who parks there without a residents’ parking permit will receive a parking ticket and fine. The residents have put up with enough for a long time and because of this we have applied and Leeds City Council paid for the regulation to be put through. We are delighted to say the residents only rule will be implemented as soon as is possible and will put an end to workers from nearby using their streets as a car park.”

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