TRADERS in Kirkburton have locked horns with Kirklees Council over the future of a temporary car park.
Since November last year, shopkeepers and businessmen have been allowed to use a patch of land in North Road to park their vehicles while roadworks were carried out.
Then it was announced the car park would close yesterday, because the road upheaval had finished.
But when the council tried to put topsoil over the land, to restore it to its natural state, traders removed it with diggers.
They say the soil was filled with glass, builders' rubble and plastic and was tantamount to fly- tipping.
Philip Newsome, president of Kirkburton Business Association, accused the council of behaving in an underhand way.
He has taken photos of stone rubble, plastic and glass.
"The council came back to us and said they did the tipping to stop us using the car park.
"They said it was topsoil, but pictures we have taken show vastly different things.
"We reported it as fly-tipping - but how do you get Kirklees Council to prosecute themselves?" asked Mr Newsome.
Paul Brown, the association's chairman, said anyone else who left an area in that kind of state would be facing a fine or even prison.
A council spokesman said notices were put on cars at the site, warning of work to put the topsoil down.
He said it was believed a flytipper may have dumped some building material at the site.
The spokesman added: "Highways officials have investigated the feasibility of a permanent car park there.
"But it would not be possible, as planning permission would not be granted, due to poor visibility of the access on to North Road.
"We recognise that some people may be disappointed by the loss of this temporary facility," the spokesman said.