Calderdale-wide revolt over new parking charges

Traders in King Cross angry with Calderdale Council's proposed parking charges
Traders in King Cross angry with Calderdale Council's proposed parking charges

Businesses and shoppers in King Cross are among thousands throughout Calderdale who have reacted angrily to council plans for new parking charges.

Petitions signed by about 7,500 people have warned about the damaging economic impact new charges would have.

The petitions cover areas as diverse as Brighouse, Todmorden, Hipperholme, Ripponden and West Vale.

There are fears that the Halifax nightlife, pubs, restaurants and theatres will be affected by extending parking charges in the town centre from 6pm to 8pm.

Gavin Jones, of Bargain Booze, on King Cross Road, said: “Free parking at the front and rear of the shop means people can run in and out quickly, which is a massive benefit over Tesco’s. Charging for parking will raise £650,000 a year from our customers - I think they could easily raise that elsewhere without affecting our business.”

Economy and environment spokesman Coun Barry Collins said the council faced a dire financial situation and the new charges next summer would cause “little or no damage” to retailers.

Motorists will be able to comment when Traffic Regulation Orders are published.

*Parking charges will go up by about 10p an hour in 2014 raising nearly £250,000.
Another £660,000 will come from measures which include extending the period for parking charges in Halifax from 6pm until 8pm, introducing charges on streets around the Calderdale Royal Hospital and on another 14 council-run car parks. About 4,200 residents are expected to be charged £25 a year for permits to park outside their homes and limited free parking on Saturdays could be replaced with a £1 ticket.