Leeds city centre car park row after prices are raised

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A HUGE price hike at two city centre car parks has sparked a row between retail giant Hammerson and a Leeds car park contractor.

The Templar Street and Edward Street car parks were originally £9 a day.

But land owners Hammerson, which is behind the nearby Victoria Gate development, have raised the tariffs at Edward Street to £30 a day, whilst Templar Street costs £15 a day.

Leeds-based Town Centre Car Parks, which manages the site, said the new charges – brought in on September 1 – have led to a drop in customers.

Matthew Williamson, manager of Town Centre Car Parks (TCCP), said: “We are reviewing our position because the tariffs have gone up considerably. We don’t want to be associated with such high tariffs and we are withdrawing before Christmas to maintain our long-standing reputation in Leeds.”

A statement on TCCP’s website said: “We regret this increase and apologise to all of our customers who will be adversely affected by the increased charges.

“As a result of this situation TCCP are reviewing their position with regards to remaining as the operator for Hammerson Operations Ltd.”

It adds: “In the meantime suggest that customers look at parking in our Merrion Centre Car Park instead.”

Jonathan Gradel, asset manager for Hammerson, said: “Our tariffs have been benchmarked in line with other city centre car parking facilities to ensure our prices are competitive on both a short stay and long stay basis.

“The Edward Street and Lady Lane car parks have specifically been designed for short stay shopper parking of up to four hours to encourage shopper visits in this part of Leeds.

“For customers wanting a longer stay than four hours, we encourage use of the Templar Street car park.”

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