A national car park firm has been dramatically evicted from its Huddersfield site by bailiffs seen on television’s ‘Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away’ show.
Euro Car Parks was abruptly turfed out of its Lord Street site and the entrance chained over.
It has now been claimed that the huge international firm, notorious for giving shoppers parking tickets, has itself failed to pay its bills.
The Examiner understands it has not paid the past three months rent on the site, which was purchased by a private landlord recently for more than £700,000.
The Examiner has asked Euro Car Parks for a comment but it has so far not responded.
This morning a new firm, Simple Intelligent Parking, was busy installing its equipment and signs at the popular town centre car park.
A spokesman said the landlord had become tired of waiting for payment and had recruited bailiffs from DCBL Ltd, who feature on the Channel 5 TV show, Can’t Pay We’ll Take It Away, to come and reclaim the site.
He said he had assisted in dealing with the confused and upset employees of Euro Car Parks and customers, whose cars were locked in.
And he revealed plans to improve the car park with a new surface and better markings were underway.
Charges have increased slightly in light of the planned upgrade.
He said the long term plan was still to build some kind of premises on the site, formerly home to historic St Peter’s Buildings.
All the buildings on the car park site, bordered by Northumberland Street, St Peter’s Street, Primitive Street and Lord Street, were controversially demolished in 2013 after the government’s Homes and Community Agency (HCA) took ownership of it.
The HCA has now sold the site on to a developer.
Reporter Nick Lavigueur has been to the site - see his report below
The block, within the Huddersfield Town Centre Conservation Area, contained the 1889-built Sunday School building and a 1960s tower block, formerly home to the YMCA.
The 1964 built St Peter’s buildings were also once the site of Huddersfield Polytechnic and one of the town’s first Chinese restaurants, the Hong Kong.