Are these parking charges - and fines - legal?

Parked cars on Godfrey Road, Halifax, close to Calderdale Royal Hospital . Picture: Google Maps
Parked cars on Godfrey Road, Halifax, close to Calderdale Royal Hospital . Picture: Google Maps

With recent national reports of legal challenges to council car parking charges which simply raise revenue rather than being used to improve traffic flow and congestion as intended by law, one must query Calderdale’s car parking policy in Skircoat.

Before current charges were introduced a Council officer attended a Skircoat Ward Forum and expressly told residents that CMBC had identified the introduction of charges around the hospital as ‘an income generation opportunity’. Such an explicit admission of wrongful intent strongly suggests not only that the charges now in place are contrary to law - but even perhaps that any fines so far incurred have been made illegally. Unhappily CMBC just seems content to milk the motorist, rather than doing the job we rightly expect it to do, addressing the actual problem - insufficient car parking at the hospital.

Stephen Ainsworth

Prospect Avenue