Why I was forced to call in the clampers, by launderette boss

Calder Ward Councillor Christine Bampton Smith outside the private car park on George Street, Mytholmroyd, which belongs to Village Cleaners
Calder Ward Councillor Christine Bampton Smith outside the private car park on George Street, Mytholmroyd, which belongs to Village Cleaners

A BUSINESSMAN has spoken of his frustration at having to call in clampers to operate in his launderette car park.

Nathan O’Brien, who owns Village Cleaners in Mytholmroyd, contacted private parking enforcement firm Car Stoppers after he was losing custom due to motorists parking illegally on the site in George Street.

“I only have a few parking spots and some non-customers leave their vehicles for the day and get on the train,” he said.

“I’m not one for getting heavy handed, but I have been losing customers. I don’t get any personal gain from doing this and last year when Yorkshire Water were doing some work on the next road I didn’t do anything when people were parking on my car park.”

Car Stoppers charges £150 to remove a clamp from a vehicle, plus another £150 if it is towed away, which has been criticised by motorists who have been clamped by the firm.

Lorraine Rodda, who lives in Mytholmroyd, was clamped last week and said she was told to pay £150 within an hour or her car would be towed away. When she said she didn’t have £150 on her, she said that one of the company’s enforcers told her to go to the cash machine at the nearby Sainsbury’s in Burnley Road.

“There is a sign up, but it’s high up the wall and I never saw it,” she said.

“The enforcement company is operating within the law, but it just seems a bit heavy for a small village like Mytholmroyd.”

Another motorist who had his vehicle clamped said: “I’ve just started a new job in Mytholmroyd and I’m not familiar with the area.

“It’s a bit frustrating and it’s not what you expect. £150 is a bit excessive.”

Asked to comment, a Car Stoppers spokesman said: “Write to PO Box 730, Halifax, and the owner will deal with your inquiry from there.”

Calder ward councillor Christine Bampton Smith (Lib Dem) said: “The business owner is quite entitled to bring in a parking enforcement firm.

“But it has caused a great deal of upset to local residents.”