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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Residents banned from leaving work vehicles outside their homes

Baffled Carlisle residents have been threatened with action – for parking their work vehicles outside their homes.

Carlisle parking row photo
Dan McNeilly has been told not to park his car outside his flat

The management company of the Mills development in Denton Holme is enforcing a restrictive covenant banning commercial vehicles from the private car park.

Dan McNeilly, 33, lives in an apartment with two designated spots – in the main car park and in the covered communal garage.

Dan, who works for a home care agency, uses a company car with sign writing on the side which he parks in his space in either the car park or the garage.

But three weeks after moving in he received a letter on behalf of the development’s management company warning him that commercial vehicles were prohibited from being parked in the complex or communal garage.

Dan claims he, and fellow residents with commercial vehicles, have been given until Friday to move their vehicles or face court proceedings and having their vehicles “forcibly removed”. He also insists he was not made aware of the restriction before he moved into the apartment.

Dan said: “At first I thought we were being targeted by busybodies so we contacted Leasecare Ltd, who act on behalf of the Mills Management Company, and we were advised that we were not the only tenants to receive a letter.

“When we asked where we were expected to park we were told to park on North Street, which is a disc zone and is time restricted.

“It’s also not fair on the people who live on North Street as there’s not much space as it is.

“The whole situation is absolutely ludicrous – I’m paying charges for these spaces and I’m being told I can’t use them. I can’t move out as I’m in a six-month contract so I’ll have to park out on the street.”

Hugh McDevitt, city councillor for Denton Holme, said there was not a current issue with parking in North Street – but insisted those spaces were needed by the residents living there, and he would “very concerned” if Mills Management were directing its tenants to park in North Street.

“It is stupid,” he added, “and I wish the management there were more living in the real world.

“Are they going to be saying that tradesmen will have to park outside?”

Leasecare Ltd told Dan the development’s lease doesn’t allow the parking of commercial vehicles in any of the car parking spaces.

The firm added that the Mills Management Company was enforcing a restrictive covenant of the lease.

The News & Star contacted the Mills Management Company several times but no comment was received.

Have your say

He is paying for two spaces, so is entitled to park in two spaces. If it was a company car with no markings on - what's the difference then? Employees who get company cars normally pay extra tax for the privilege, I am sure people who drive works vans as personnal taxis to and from their places of work do not pay extra tax for that. I have had to regularly walk in the road as employees of BTopenreach use the vans as personal taxis and BT get free parking outside the house of somebody else (as it would not be parked outsaide of the house of the person who works for them.)

Posted by Kate on 16 August 2013 at 10:33

Anon not Yewdale but not too far from it Dobinson Road.

Posted by robert on 13 August 2013 at 16:04

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