Thursday, 26 October 2017

Oastler Road car park in Saltaire - an update

So, we have now established that the private Oastler Road car park in Saltaire is being operated illegally by Smart Parking Ltd on behalf of the absentee owner, Saltaire Investments Ltd (their Lancashire-based Director is Mr Jacob Cope). Here is a statement just issued by the Shipley Ward Green Party Councillors:

The Shipley ward councillors are deeply dismayed by the mismanagement of the privately-owned Oastler Road car park in Saltaire over the past five months. Smart Parking Ltd, the site operator, has fleeced local shoppers to the tune of thousands of pounds in unfair penalty notices. The Director of the absentee company that owns the site, Mr Jacob Cope of Saltaire Investments Ltd, has allowed Smart Parking to do so despite the economic harm this has caused for local people and businesses.

The ward councillors have now established that this car park is unlawful due to its site being legally adopted highway. We have therefore written to Smart Parking Ltd and Saltaire Investments Ltd asking them to (1) suspend all parking charges at this site and disable their ANPR cameras for an indefinite period until this matter is legally resolved; (2) fully refund everyone who has been penalised; and (3) meet with local businesses to discuss possible compensation for any adverse impact that the car park’s draconian operation has had on their turnover in recent months.

We 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 consider suspending Smart Parking Ltd’s membership of this professional organisation.

We will continue to liaise with the Council’s legal and highways teams to ensure that this site is properly managed in future by Saltaire Investments Ltd for the benefit of local residents, businesses and the whole community that we represent.

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).

We also urge everyone affected by this to write to the Director of Saltaire Investments Ltd, Mr Jacob Cope, asking that he personally ensures that this car park is managed responsibly from now on (letters can be sent to Mr Jacob Cope, Director, Saltaire Investments Ltd, 47 Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 9JW).

We hope this is helpful information for all concerned!

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