Residents ordered to move cars every day at 8am after parking ban on own street

Drivers risk being fined if they leave their cars parked outside their own homes due to the new restrictions introduced near Leeds.

Phil Roche (left) and Chris Smith on Ringway in Garforth where new parking restrictions have been imposed
Phil Roche (left) and Chris Smith on Ringway in Garforth where new parking restrictions have been imposed

Residents are being forced to move their cars every day due to new parking restrictions which ban them from parking on their own road.

Drivers cannot leave their cars parked on the street in Garforth, West Yorkshire, without the risk of being fined, whether they live there or not.

This comes after Leeds City Council imposed parking restrictions and refused to give parking permits to residents, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

It states that they can no longer park on the street between 8am and 10am and between 2pm and 4pm.

Elderly residents are having to park streets away to avoid the new law which is being enforced by parking wardens.

Others have resorted to parking on their own lawns to ensure they do not get fined.

Phil Roche, 70, and his family built a driveway at their home to avoid getting a ticket.

“It is just bureaucracy gone mad and very, very insensitive,” he told the newspaper.

“Surely permits should be afforded to these residents who have lived here for many years.

Parking wardens are reportedly enforcing the new parking rules


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“The council are telling these elderly individuals, and in certain cases ill and infirm residents, they will have to get out of bed before 8am to move their vehicles to find alternative parking.”

He added: “Presumably to clog up adjoining areas and then they are able to bring their vehicles back after 10am – the same instruction between the afternoon hours.”

Locals believe the rules were introduced following parking issues linked to a nearby sixth form where students were parking and parents were dropping off others for school.

Mr Roche told of one elderly resident whose family visits three times per day and has to park on a grass verge.

“She hasn’t got the time to find a parking space elsewhere,” he said.

“It’s an inconvenience to park a few streets away to get her car, which should be outside the house.

Parking restrictions are in place for four hours per day


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“I think it is appalling, particularly when they promised permit parking.”

Resident Pauline Smith also criticised the new parking rules and how it is affecting her neighbours.

She said: “It’s ridiculous. People are having to park on their lawns so they don’t get tickets.”

A Leeds City Council spokesperson told Mirror Online: “The council has received a significant number of complaints in recent years about problematic parking at school drop off and collection times in this area.

“Rather than prevent parking all day or for long periods of the day an alternative was put forward and consulted upon.

“The proposals restricted parking in some locations and formalised the parking in other locations during the specific times of concern.

“Residents permit parking schemes are not used to resolve school related parking concerns because of the short term nature of these problems at the beginning and end of the school day and the exemptions used in these schemes.”

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