Car park charges slammed

Lambert Street car park, West Vale

Lambert Street car park, West Vale

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Council chiefs have been slammed for plans to charge motorists in outlying car parks.

Pay and display charges are being introduced at a dozen long stay car parks as the authority looks to maximise the income stream.

But the Greetland and Stainland Ward Forum reacted strongly against plans to introduce charges at two West Vale car parks - Lambert Street and Brig Royd.

All three ward councillors said they would be opposing the charges - 40p an hour - but the general feeling was the council would not listen to concerns.

Councillor Malcolm James said: “We know Calderdale is short of money but these charges are inappropriate at these locations.

“ It’s completely negative. The money raised will be small.”

He added there was still the possibility the charges could be stopped and urged people to write with their objections.

“If you do not object the council won’t be aware and silence implies agreement,” he said.

Keith Watson said it would cost thousands to install parking machines - and Lambert Street only has around 20 spaces.

“It could be the best side of 10 years to break even. The whole idea is ludicrous.”

Some residents believed objecting was futile after the campaign to keep Halifax Central Library failed despite huge petitions.