Outrage at plan to charge Morley residents £150 to park outside homes
Residents who supported the idea of permits to park outside their homes have been told they will have to pay up to £150 per year for them.
Zoar Street residents were initially consulted about parking payments on the basis of no fee to them, but have now received letters from Leeds City Council saying the cost will now be between £50 and £75 per permit.
One resident, Emma Hatfield, said: “I voted for permits a year ago, as did other residents, on the basis that it would be free to enable me to park outside my property as previously residents have had their parking restricted by shoppers to Morley and commuters to Leeds.
“We are now being advised that due to cuts by Central Government the council have to make and additional income via other means and are looking to charge residents in an attempt to raise income.
“We are merely being seen as a soft target by the council to make more money. These changes are no more than a backdoor increase to residents council tax payments.
“If everyone on Zoar Street has one permit plus a visitors permit, that is £11,000 extra revenue per year in this street alone.
“People are stretched financially already and this is another expense being imposed which many can’t afford.”
A spokeswoman for Leeds City Council said: “We had asked residents for their views on parking permits and at that time, there were no charges. However, as the council’s budget for 2013/14 makes accommodation for a restructuring of income from parking charges, including permits, we have written to residents to ask them if they would still be supportive of permits if they had to pay.”
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