Parking charges removed from Halifax town centre

Protest over parking charges-Bank St car park Brighouse. John Buxton, Lesley Adams, David Tankard, Martin Tordoff, Scott Benton and Howard Blagbrough.
Protest over parking charges-Bank St car park Brighouse. John Buxton, Lesley Adams, David Tankard, Martin Tordoff, Scott Benton and Howard Blagbrough.

The controversial evening parking charges in Halifax town centre will no longer apply from this evening.

The charges have proved deeply unpopular with residents and retailers since they were introduced in January.

In February, amendments were made to the council’s budget to overturn the charges, however the ruling Labour cabinet kept the charges in place.

Last month members of opposition groups pulled together to call a vote of no confidence over the parking charges issue and unpopular plans for the Hipperholme crossroads.

Scott Benton, deputy leader of Calderdale Council, said: “There are about 200 parking meters in Halifax town centre, and the Highways team has been going around those today.

“It’s anticipated that at six o’clock this evening, the job will be complete - so, in effect, the evening charges will have gone.

“It was the primary reason why we took over Cabinet, so we’ve been very keen to push this forward as quickly as we could.”