Local businesses have gained more than 1,000 signatures in less than a week after a petition against Calderdale Council’s suggested King Cross parking charges was created.
Business owners across the area – including a baker, a chip shop owner and jewellery shop worker – are begging the council not to enforce the charges, saying that if they do, it will ruin the community.
Every single King Cross business is backing the campaign, says King Cross Fisheries’ Gary Brattan, after the council imposed a parking charges order that will potentially affect 12 areas across Calderdale.
One main concern of the traders is the fact that there is a nearby Tesco just down the road from King Cross Shops which won’t be affected by the planned 40p minimum parking charge.
Fish shop owner Gary, 49, said: “I mean how much business are we going to lose? You just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
He added that the introduction of parking charges would likely have an negative effect on the nearby doctors surgery: “It’s bad enough but to go to the doctors and have to pay 40p – what a rip off.”
Alan Jagger owns the local bakery at Kings Cross said his customers weren’t impressed with the council’s plans.
The 62-year-old said: “They’ve all been complaining that they need somewhere like this where they can stop off.”
Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for economy and environment, coun Barry Collins, said: “Calderdale Council is introducing pay and display charges in autumn 2013 at several of the remaining free car parks across Calderdale, to help make our car parks self-financing.
“The money raised from these charges will be used to pay for the administration of our car parks and to ensure they continue to be safe, clean and well-maintained.”
Read businessman Steven Leigh’s thoughts on page 21.