Leeds Rhinos and their fans have scored an all important victory when it comes to a recent stadium dispute.
Local residents around Headingley had moved to restrict parking around the stadium to combat the influx of parking when the Rhinos play as well as short form cricket matches are held at the stadium.
Headingley is positioned at the centre of a built up area filled with houses some of which belong to students attending local universities such as Leeds Becket, the University of Leeds and Leeds Trinity.
However, there are many people who have lived in the area their entire life. These homes have reportedly proved problematic for the Rhinos in the past as they are often cited as the reason the Western Terraces at Headingley remain undeveloped compared to the rest of the modernised stadium.
These locals were again a problem for the club as they pushed for parking permits to be introduced to combat the parking influx and create a problem for fans attending games.
However, the Leeds City Council have decided in the Rhinos’ favour deciding against the introduction of these parking permits.
The local authority said that while some vehicles were left “too close to junctions”, most parking was “safe and unobstructive”.
Its report concluded: “In the case of the rugby fixtures, and the shorter cricket formats, the parking influx generally happens for a period of a few hours, and it is not considered appropriate to introduce resident permit parking in this area for such short duration events.”
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