Oastler Road car park

Article dated Wednesday Oct 4, 2017 at 01:13 PM

Highways officers at Bradford Council are considering legal action against the owners of the Oastler Road car park in Saltaire forcing them to stop operating.

Following recent complaints from members of the public about the operator’s ticketing strategy, it was established that the car park did not have legal authority to operate and that the land is still technically public highway.

After the discovery, the Council wrote to the company asking them to stop operating and to refund any fines levied against motorists, but no response has been received.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Transport and Planning said, “As soon as I heard about this situation I consulted with officers to see what could be done.

“It’s been used as a car park for as long as I can remember without any major issues. After pouring over many legal papers, we've established that it’s never actually been a legal car park.

“The Council took it on in 2004, but, it appears never promoted the necessary legal order to operate a public car park on the highway, or create an off-street car park.

“As soon as I found this out I asked officers to refund any fines to the people we can locate and also to give a donation to the local community group, Saltaire Festival.

“We have already started contacting our own list of people who paid fines and we expect the new owners to do the same as quickly as possible.

“We are prepared to discuss with the new owners any proposals they may have to turn the land into a privately run car park with all the necessary approvals, but given the local upset over this issue and the bureaucratic knots we have undone, I suggest it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start again.

“We hope the company will co-operate rather than force the Council to take legal action to stop them operating." 

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