Parking restrictions forcing residents to park on their own lawns – ‘bureaucracy gone mad’

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Drivers living on Ringway in Garforth near Leeds have been hit with new restrictions from Leeds City Council. It states that they can no longer park on the road between 8am and 10am and between 2pm to 4pm.

This comes after the council imposed parking restrictions and refused to give parking permits to residents.

To get around the new parking restrictions, elderly drivers are having to park a few streets away.

Some others are parking on their own lawns to avoid getting a parking ticket.

Residents claim the ban was introduced because of parking problems linked to a local sixth form where the students park and with parents dropping them off for school.

Parking wardens are reportedly enforcing the restrictions.

Phil Roche, 70, said his sister Pauline Smith, 75, and her husband Chris, also 75, have created a driveway at their home on Ringway to avoid getting a ticket.

He said: “So practically the council are telling these elderly individuals, and in certain cases ill and infirm residents, they will have to get out of bed before 8am to move their vehicles to find alternative parking, presumably to clog up adjoining areas and then they are able to bring their vehicles back after 10am; the same instruction between the afternoon hours.

“It is just bureaucracy gone mad and very, very insensitive.

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“Surely permits should be afforded to these residents who have lived here for many years,” he told Yorkshire Evening Post.

Mr Roche said a family member of one elderly resident visits three times a day and has to park on the grass verge.

He added: “She hasn’t got the time to find a parking space elsewhere.

“One lady parks at her daughter’s house a couple of streets away.

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