Petition over possible hike in Calderdale parking charges

Daisy Street car park, Brighouse
Daisy Street car park, Brighouse

A PETITION against new parking charges in Brighouse has been given to Calderdale Council.

But it remains unclear when or even if they will actually be implemented.

There were more than 3,000 names on the petition signed by residents and shoppers who are fearful of what could be in store.

Brighouse Conservative Councillor Howard Blagbrough said Calderdale Council’s Lib-Lab coalition had included £800,000 in the budget to be raised by additional parking charges.

He said on-street charges would have a negative impact on retailers in Brighouse and other towns.

“Barry Collins, the council’s economy an environment spokesman, was not willing to confirm where the additional revenue was going to come from, so it looks as though the residents of Brighouse will yet again lose out and may face yet more charges,” he said.

Councillor Blagbrough said it was his understanding that on-street parking charges could be introduced in residential areas and in council car parks which are currently free.

Charges for residents’ parking permits and a work place parking levy are also on the cards.

Councillor Blagbrough has formally asked for the anticipated date for implementing any or all of these things.

The Brighouse petition is expected to be referred to the council’s economy and environment panel which is conducting a Calderdale wide parking review.

*Residents in the Skircoat area of Halifax have been completing council questionnaires about parking charges, permit fees and 20 mph zones on streets around the Calderdale Royal Hospital.