From: Alec Denton, Guiseley.
REGARDING the excellent article by Aisha Iqbal (Yorkshire Post, October 1) concerning the Leeds City Council (LCC) parking policy, I would like to correct one of the assertions in the article.
In the suburbs, unlike the inner city terraces that are plagued by visitors to city centre institutions, the ability to park outside one’s house during the day is not an issue.
The problem in the suburbs prior to restrictions was the indiscriminate railway commuter parking that all too frequently blocked access to streets for service and emergency vehicles.
Applying a socialist “one-size-fits-all” policy across the whole of Leeds, where there is a wide range of differing circumstances, is wrong and of questionable legality.
As a matter of principle, residents living close to stations should not have to pay for problems caused by commuters. It is both LCC whose decisions have exacerbated the commuting problem and the commuters themselves who should pay; existing residents did not cause the problem.
Also not mentioned in the article but an increasing menace are the number recognition cameras on limited-time retailcar parks, where a number of users have been penalised for properly visiting a car park more than once in the same day and for using the car park during the late evening when the shops are closed.
The legislation governing the use of these punitive cameras clearly needs tightening.
From: Michael J Robinson, Park Lane, Berry Brow, Huddersfield.
IN your report about private car park protection patrols being forbidden from using wheel clamps, we are told that the firms are using CCTV and automatic number plate recognition to identify vehicle owners and acquire names and addresses to issue penalty tickets.
How does it happen that these “private enforcement firms” gain accreditation to be permitted access to what I believed was strictly protected data?
Are we happy that wheel clampers by another guise know where we live?