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September
2014
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Enforcement action taken against West Register car parks


Illegal car parks in Leeds are being clamped down on as Leeds City Council takes action on firms who have failed to make the sites they use safe and secure.



Following a decision in March 2012, which saw the council approve 12 temporary long stay commuter car parks on cleared private land, firms running a number of car parks were given planning permission on the basis that a variety of improvements would be made such as landscaping, surfacing, clearly marked spaces, security lighting and signage.



Despite repeated written reminders from the council, West Register - who ran various car parks on Globe Road - failed to implement environmental improvements. Although given over 18 months to complete the environmental improvements, including the Planning Inspector giving six months’ notice (deadline of 20/7/2014) following an enforcement appeal, they still failed to do so.



Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel, said:



“It’s very disappointing that due to the failure of the organisations running these car parks to make sure they met reasonable obligation, they have to close. They’ve had plenty of time and reminders of what they need to do, yet still the work hasn’t been done.



They’ve been continuing to operate as a profitable business, so they have no excuse for not making sure that the car parks are safe and pleasant for motorists to use and don’t blight the area. These were key factors when the planning decision was taken. Unfortunately, we have reached the point where prosecution is the only remaining option.”



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



“It is important to remember that these car parks were only put in place as a temporary measure due to delays in developments at these sites as a result of the economic downturn.



“Although inconvenient for users, action had to be taken against these car parks otherwise it would be unfair on other car parking organisations that have complied with the rules and actually invested in their sites. It is also important that cark parks don’t just look like bomb sites if we’re serious about making our city attractive.



“There are plenty of alternative car parks for drivers including the city’s park & ride at Elland Road which has seen a steady increase in users since its opening which is expected to continue.”



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Phil Morcom


Communications and Marketing team

Leeds City Council



Tel: 0113 224 3602

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