Changes to parking restrictions at Seacroft Tesco have been welcomed by local Councillors.
Drivers can now park for 4 hours at the car park at Seacroft District Centre and visit all of the shops and facilities at the centre.
Under restrictions in place since April, drivers not using Tesco and visiting the Post Office and Deacon House building on the site had faced possible fines of £60 rising to £100 if they overstayed a 30 minute grace period.
The change by Tesco follows a campaign by local councillors and a petition started by Sam from Seacroft Post Office that attracted over 1100 signatures.
Other buildings at the site apart from Tesco include a library, the Seacroft Clinic, the job centre, the post office and the Deacon House college building.
Drivers can now park for a flat 4 hour period regardless of where they go. This will be monitored by APNR cameras as cars enter and exit the car park. Attendants will remain on site solely to monitor the use if disabled parking bays.
Local Councillors David Jenkins, Katie Dye and Paul Drinkwater have welcomed the change, but have also called for fines issued under the previous scheme to be refunded.
Cllr David Jenkins (Killingbeck and Seacroft, Labour) said:
“We very much welcome the sensible outcome to the concern expressed by the Seacroft Community about the restrictive parking measures introduced at the beginning of April 2019 at the Seacroft store of Tesco’s.
“We would like to thank Sam at the Post Office and all the other businesses in the centre who were affected, as well as Leeds City Council officers for their help and support.
“There are still concerns about the people who have been fined and who either paid up or appealed and lost their appeal but who would have been exempt from the new rules.
“We would ask that there is an amnesty and fines that were wrongly imposed be refunded.
Sadly it will take time for people to regain confidence in parking at Tesco’s because of the fear engendered.”
Message from Katie Dye, David Jenkins and Paul Drinkwater, Labour Councillors for Killingbeck and Seacroft.