Uncertainty over bid to remove Cosham clampers

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TRADERS are worried that city leaders won’t keep to their word about the removal of a controversial clamping firm from city car parks.

As previously reported in The News, Portsmouth City Council failed in its bid to get rid of City Watch from car parks behind High Street, Cosham, before the summer because the land’s managing agent Lee Baron had forgotten to give the firm its notice.

There are now doubts as to when the clampers – who have raked in tens of thousands of pounds from motorists in parking fines – will leave.

The council is due to take over City Watch’s duties at the car park, which is leased out by the council to Lionsgate Properties.

Pat Scott, owner of Mays of Cosham, in High Street, said: ‘I’m concerned that the council is going to put the date of the clamping firm’s departure back again.

‘The council has shown no urgency about the matter.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt added: ‘More should have been done by now.

‘From the word go the council has not been on the ball. I’m still hoping that the clampers will leave soon.’

Michael Robinson, the council’s parking manager, said: ‘Negotiations are still on going and we are looking to rectify the situation as soon as possible.’