27 October 2017
Shipley Green Party councillors have called for an immediate end to the unfair penalty charges being imposed on shoppers using the Oastler Road car park behind Saltaire’s main parade of shops.
Alerted by complaints from residents in Shipley, local councillors, Hawarun Hussain, Kevin Warnes, and Martin Lovehave established that the operation of this private car park is unlawful because it is located on legally adopted highway.
They now want an immediate end to parking charges and full refunds issued to everyone who has been issued with illegal penalty charges.
Councillor Warnes explained, "Smart Parking has fleeced local shoppers to the tune of thousands of pounds in unfair penalty notices.
"The situation at the car park has caused a great deal of confusion for shoppers in Saltaire, Gordon Terrace in Saltaire is full of local independent shops, many of which have reported disruption to their businesses by the tactics of Smart Parking.
"We are not only asking for shoppers to be refunded, but for them to meet with local retailers to discuss compensating them for the lack of trade".
The councillors have also written to the Board of the British Parking Association to ask them to investigate this situation as a matter of urgency, and to suspend Smart Parking's membership of this professional organisation as a result of their underhand behaviour in Saltaire.
Councillor Hawarun Hussain added "We urge all residents who have been forced to pay penalty charges at this car park to write to Smart Parking Ltd demanding a full refund and any associated additional costs that have been incurred for them."
Letters can be sent to: Smart Parking Ltd, Unit 43, Elmdon Trading Estate, Bickenhill Lane, Birmingham, B37 7HE.
The Green councillors also encourage all residents to complain to Mr Jacob Cope, the Director of Saltaire Investments Ltd, whose company owns the site.
Mr Cope’s business address is: Saltaire Investments Ltd, 47 Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 9JW.
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