Businesses have expressed their concerns following the introduction of new evening parking charges in Halifax town centre.
Pay and display charges have been extended until 8pm for on-street parking in the town while extra charges have been introduced in off-street car parks across the borough.
Tony Gomersal, manager at Le Metropolitain restaurant, on Rawson Street, Halifax, said the new plans would kill off their early evening business.
“People like to come here before shows or going to the cinema and they made use of the free parking after 6pm,” he said.
“We’re the only business on the street open after 6pm and we are being punished by these new charges.”
Calderdale Council argue that the charges will actually free up spaces in the town making it easier for people to visit and park in the evenings.
Since the new charges came into force on Monday January 27 traffic wardens have been handing out warning notices instead of fines for the first week but Calderdale’s Tory group leader Stephen Baines (Northowram and Shelf) is still crictical of the way they are being imposed.
“On Monday there were two traffic wardens out on Crossley Street issuing notices and this goes against everything the cabinet has said about this not being a money making exercise,” he said.
“I think it’s going to severely damage the evening and night time economy. Anybody who goes to any of the theatrical shows and so on are going to have to pay to park. I think it’s going to be really crippling for some businesses.
“I will be bringing this up at the first opportunity.”
On the first day the charges were in force traffic wardens issued 37 warning notices, 12 were in the conversion car parks, one on Skircoat Road and 24 in pay and display in the town centre after 6p