A York supermarket wants to install cameras in its car park to deter non-shoppers from parking there.
Morrisons on Foss Islands Road has applied for permission to install two automatic number plate recognition cameras (ANPR) in the car park of its Foss Islands Road store.
Alongside the cameras would be 30 signs warning drivers that they are being watched.
The changes are needed due to the “inconsiderate past use of the car park by non-patrons of the store,” say planning documents.
“The system installed will allow visitors to Foss Islands Retail Park to utilise the car park, whilst recognising the customers of the Morrisons store and ensuring there are spaces available for their stay.
“This benefits both the store and the local town, as it ensures that the car park isn’t constantly full of long stay parkers utilising free spaces, creates space for the store’s paying customers, and also provides parking for visitors to Foss Islands Retail Park, York.”
The Euro Car Parks signs would say that drivers can stay for a maximum of two hours, with no return within three hours.
Failure to comply would result in a parking charge of £100 – or £60 if paid within 14 days.
The documents go on: “Posts and signs are discretely located and decorated in a manner to minimize their visual impact.
“The proposed alterations will have no negative impact on the character of the conservation area.”
You can read the full planning application here.