Successful bid for number plate cameras at Ilkey's Station Plaza car park

Wharfedale Observer: Ilkley's Station Plaza car park is to be monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras Ilkley's Station Plaza car park is to be monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras

Automatic number plate recognition cameras have been approved for a private town centre park, despite worries they could lead to drivers visiting Ilkley Station being caught out.

Bradford Council officers have given the go-ahead for car park management company Parking Eye to install the cameras at Station Plaza car park, off Railway Road.

The car park is owned by Retail Plus General Partners Ltd, of Birmingham, and serves shoppers visiting the Station Plaza shopping complex and Marks and Spencer Simply Food store.

But Ilkley Parish Council fears unsuspecting motorists dropping off passengers for trains at the neighbouring railway station could be hit by £60 fines.

The parish council objected to the planning application for the cameras.

Bradford Council officers said the parish council did not specify the basis for its objection or request the referral of the application to a planning panel for determination.

Officers acting under delegated powers approved the plan.

They said the works would not physically affect the listed station building, or appearance of the conservation area.

A condition was imposed requiring the cabinet associated with the equipment to be painted in a dark colour.

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5:23pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Resident11 says...

Yet another deterioration in our freedoms. Perhaps someone could explain - not holding my breath - why this might be necessary to do and what they will do with the recorded number plates? No doubt it won't be too long before the bobbies come calling for the information as part of their enquiries.
Yet another deterioration in our freedoms. Perhaps someone could explain - not holding my breath - why this might be necessary to do and what they will do with the recorded number plates? No doubt it won't be too long before the bobbies come calling for the information as part of their enquiries. Resident11
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11:57am Mon 3 Feb 14

Essingen says...

This will be a disaster for Ilkley residents. Parking Eye is the most litigious of all private car parking companies and issue tickets for very minor issues. There is an internet forum (Money saving forum car parking fines) that is almost entirely devoted to Parking Eye. However, the good news is that there are resources to help you deal with them...one person has even written a book "The Parking Prankster Guide to Fighting a ParkingEye Court Case" which is available on Amazon. Ilkley residents would be well advised to avoid the car park.
This will be a disaster for Ilkley residents. Parking Eye is the most litigious of all private car parking companies and issue tickets for very minor issues. There is an internet forum (Money saving forum car parking fines) that is almost entirely devoted to Parking Eye. However, the good news is that there are resources to help you deal with them...one person has even written a book "The Parking Prankster Guide to Fighting a ParkingEye Court Case" which is available on Amazon. Ilkley residents would be well advised to avoid the car park. Essingen
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