Talks held over the future of Cosham car park clamping operator

ACTION The Cosham car park the clampers operate in
ACTION The Cosham car park the clampers operate in
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CLAMPERS could be given the boot from a car park where they have brought misery to shoppers.

Portsmouth councillor Jason Fazackarley has met directors of Lee Baron Limited, the firm which manages the car park behind Cosham High Street, after a string of complaints about clampers operating there.

Cllr Fazackarley suggested a deal which would see clamping firm City Watch given its marching orders.

Instead the council would enforce parking there, charging motorists who fail to display a valid ticket a £50 penalty charge.

The council offered to operate a similar deal to the one in operation at Eastney’s Royal Marines Museum, where it takes a 25 per cent cut of parking fees and gets to keep any fines.

Lee Baron Limited rejected the deal and asked the council to come up with a better offer.

But the firm said it was open to a deal being struck, and Cllr Fazackarley said he hoped the parties could come to an agreement which would see the clampers gone for good.

Both parties will meet again in 10 days time to try to thrash out a new deal.

Cllr Fazackarley said: ‘The meeting was productive but we’ve been told to go back and prepare a better proposal to meet their needs.

‘I’ve made it my top priority to resolve this.

‘I want to restore faith and trade in Cosham. I’m hugely optimistic that a resolution can be found.’

Kevin Kelehan of Lee Baron said: ‘Things like this take time.

‘Councillor Fazackarley has come to us with proposals and we will continue to have ongoing dialogue with him.

‘Further discussions will be held.’

The car park is owned by the council but leased to Lionsgate Properties and managed by Lee Baron.

Hundreds of motorists have been clamped since Lee Baron brought in parking charges and called in City Watch to enforce them.

The News recently put up signs to make aware the presence of clampers.

Since then, Lee Baron has installed large signs to make sure motorists are aware of the controls.