Leeds City Council is planning to introduce parking charges on an evening and at the weekend in Leeds City center! This could have a terrible effect on businesses in leeds (including on the salsa community!). If you want to stop this then please fill in your details to sign our petition! Everyone that signs up sends an email to Leeds City Council telling them how we feel!
This is the text of the petition. (If you wish to change the wording then click on the “Read the Petition” link at the top of the form.)
“Leeds’ independent shops & restaurant are calling on the city council to abort plans to charge for on-street parking on evening and Sundays.
The city council has announced plans to charge people to park on the street in the evenings and on Sundays. This is alongside the new double yellow lines that are blitzing the city centre .
Whilst we recognise that the city council faces tough budgetary decisions, we believe that these new charges will have a detrimental effect on the city centre’s retail and nighttime economy. In particular, it will be the city’s independent shops, restaurants and bars – the very things that make our city unique – that will be impacted the hardest.
These new parking charges are a stealth tax that will deter people from visiting the city centre in the evening and on Sundays in favour of out-of-town retail parks that can offer free parking.
Public transport remains particularly poor in West Yorkshire. Trains and buses to Leeds’ suburbs and surrounding towns are overcrowded and infrequent and – even after six years since it was the first announced – the Leeds Trollybus system is still in the consultation phase. For many, driving in by car is the only viable form of transport – particularly those with children.
It is absurd that the city council would want to further detract people from the city centre in the current economic climate. Yes Leeds has received significant investment over the past 12 months in the form of the new Arena and Trinity, but the city centre streets are still blighted by the sight of empty shops.
£2 to park on an evening or £4 on a Sunday may not seem like a lot to some people, but as inflation rises and people’s disposable incomes decrease, fewer people will be able to afford to visit the city centre. These new parking fines coupled with the new double yellow lines will take the ease out of visiting the city centre and will be replaced with anxiety about parking fines and having enough change for the metre.
And it isn’t just restaurant goers and shoppers who will be affected by these charges. What about those who go to work in the city at night? The army of cleaners who work in the offices or women who work late and move their cars to a spot on the street near the office so they don’t need to walk to a distant car park in the dark.
People visiting Leeds spend a lot of money and create a lot of jobs in the process and these jobs are under threat. 1 in 7 jobs in Leeds are either in the retail or wholesale sector – it is a crucial part of our economy. The most affected will be the independents, the owner run businesses that operate outside of the expensive corporate shopping centre. These places in the Calls and Holbeck and around the city are the heart and soul of the city. Lose these and Leeds will be just a faceless corporate shopping mall.
To go into the city centre on a Sunday and just wander and enjoy the architecture is an important part of Leeds, why put people off visiting Leeds by charging them for coming into the centre and make them wary about getting a parking ticket?
The money the council hopes to raise by bringing in the charges is completely out of proportion to what will be lost to the city. The council doesn’t own the city, the people of Leeds do. Please support the campaign to stop these changes because, once introduced, they will be impossible to change, regardless of how much damage they will cause.
The Council have proposed the following changes to parking in Leeds City Centre:
• The introduction of a £2 evening charge from 6-10pm for on street parking throughout the city centre
• The introduction of £1 charge for up to 4 hours and £4 for all day between 10am and 6pm on a Sunday for on street parking.
• A change from single yellow line to double yellow lines on over 50 streets in the city centre
Why we object to these proposals:
Many streets will change from a single yellow line (parking prohibited at certain times of day) to double yellow lines (parking prohibited at all times). This will reduce the overall parking capacity in the city centre on evenings and weekends.
Parking lost to double yellow lines will have serious consequences for many independent businesses in the night time economy. Customers won’t be able to park nearby and will choose alternative destinations.
Double yellow lines will prevent deliveries being unloaded in locations convenient for small businesses
The council needs to listen harder to the citizens of Leeds and the independent businesses that give life and character to the city.
The council has chosen to ignore the results of its own consultation. Out of 1502 responses, 1008 (67%) disagreed with Sunday charges, and out of 1519 responses, 991 (65%) disagreed with evening charges.
The changes are in response to the new Arena. But the changes are across the whole city centre, affecting areas not remotely near the Arena.
New charges and the threat of fixed penalty notices will deter customers from parking in certain locations in the evenings and weekends
What we request:
Proper consultation with the independent retail and leisure businesses of Leeds
A more finessed approach to changes based on location in the city centre
An approach to change that looks beyond financial implications and considers the effects on the overall experience of visitors to Leeds.”
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