Courts issue £12,000 Leeds car park fine

Just weeks after Leeds City Council decided to clamp down on dodgy car park firms, an unauthorised car park business has been hit by a £12,000 fine.

Roadside Retail Limited who operated an illegal car park at the former Yorkshire Chemicals site on Kirkstall Road were fined £12,000 plus costs in Leeds magistrates court yesterday (Tuesday 7th October) for non-compliance with an enforcement notice.

This follows the council’s commitment to clamp down on a range of illegal sites as Leeds City Council takes action on firms who have failed to gain planning permission or make authorised sites safe and secure.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said:

“I want car parks in Leeds to be operated legally and safely. This firm has been raking in money from people parking on the site but haven’t been doing so legally. I am delighted that the courts have backed us up and emphasised that dodgy car parks face prosecution.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member responsible for transport and the economy, said:

“We know action has to be taken against illegal operators. They are parasites who are not only breaking the law, but undermining other legal car parking organisations who comply with the rules and invest in their sites.”

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