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Business celebrates victory in parking row

Angela Viney and Andy Guest with Staff at Energy Innovation, Halifax celebrate being allowed to park outside their premises.

Angela Viney and Andy Guest with Staff at Energy Innovation, Halifax celebrate being allowed to park outside their premises.

The owner of Energy Innovation in Halifax is celebrating after finally winning a five year battle to park outside his own business.

Andy Guest says the prolonged dispute has cost him more than £20,000 and that his company’s progress has been held back by the row.

Energy Innovation moved to their premises opposite Woolshops 17 years ago and bought them in 2009.

Mr Guest was granted planning permission for four spaces outside his premises and paid for special bollards to enclose the parking area from the main road.

But when he started to use the parking area he suddenly found that he was in a running battle with parking wardens.

He said: “I was told that as long as the parking area was still public highway, I couldn’t use the parking I had been granted planning permission for as I would be falling foul of the parking laws.

“It seemed like parking wardens just stood by Woolshops waiting for customers to park then swooped and put parking tickets on the cars.

“I’ve nearly been arrested over this and there was a time when a seriously thought of selling up and moving to Huddersfield because I’d just had enough.

“We have a lot of service contact with elderly customers so it’s nice they can drive to us and park up now.

“There were two spaces at the side but we have four vans - it was just a nightmare day in, day out.

“I thought I would never win because when you rattle the cages of these people they never stop.

“My conveyancer Angela Viney was brilliant - thank God I met her, she just didn’t give up either and the land is now owned by me.

“If all this hadn’t happened I would probably be employing four or five more staff.

“They have stopped us growing as a business when they should be helping us.”

 

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