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Parking row continues...

Coun Barry Collins in Illingworth.

Coun Barry Collins in Illingworth.

Members of Calderdale Council’s cabinet blasted leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups for making promises about scrapping controversial parking charges they were unable to keep.

The parking row erupted earlier this year when evening parking charges were brough in at Halifax town centre, and charges were levied at car parks across Calderdale which were previosuly free to use.

A coalition of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats voted through an amendmend to the council’s budget calling for the new charges to be scrapped.

The budget came into force on April 1, but no changes have been made to parking charges since.

Deputy council leader, Barry Collins (Lab), made the criticisms at a full council meeting at Halifax Town Hall this week.

Coun Collins said: “If promises were made that changes would be made by April 1, then the people who made those promises should be blamed.

“If those who put in the amendment were to have done their homework, they would have known this.”

Coun Collins explained that council’s hands are tied until it goes through another process of consultation and scrutiny, meaning that the current set of parking regulations will remain unchanged for the forseeable future.

Coun Collins said: “Whether the people who made amendments like it or not, there are processes we have to got through.

“When the Liberal Democrats were in Cabinet, they supported the very parking charge changes that they then rescinded with their budget vote with the Tories.

“Our position on parking is absolutely clear.

“I’ve got figures on the uptake of the parking schemes - this story that nobody is parking on Royd Lane car park in Ripponden is nosense.

“In some of the outlying car parks, the scheme has been very successful, especially on the Mill Lane car park in Brighouse,” he added.

 

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