The fiasco of parking in Skircoat is diabolical but it also stretches throughout Calderdale. I was a councillor for Skircoat Ward for 12 years and both myself and my late friend fought hard to keep parking away from Skircoat Roads. Charging for a permit to park outside your own property is unbelievable. There are better and proper ways to organise parking in Calderdale. When they reorganised the hospital we wanted a multi-storey car park included. There was space, but were told “no, we want people to travel by bus”. Shop owners are onto me week after week about parking. They are losing trade because of the issue. If the situation is looked at properly it can be easily rectified and make all roads viable again. All islands and footpath extensions have made the roads and road junctions worse and just a waste of taxpayers’ money. By the way, a parking meter costs £4,000. Parking is a big issue in Calderdale and needs altering. If not, Halifax will be a ghost town within 12 months.
Wait to see how he sorts it!
Barry Collins says: “The issues of parking at Skircoat Green will be sorted.”
Well Barry, the issues should have been sorted before parking bays and meters were put in and around Skircoat.
But then again, the council and parking services should have foreseen the problems when Calderdale Hospital was built, should they not? But I won’t expand on this, I’ll wait to see how Councillor Collins sorts the Skircoat parking fiasco then when he and his co-mishaps get it wrong again the public of Halifax will advise them (free of charge).
One day it will cause an accident
I think the parking meters that have been put in place around the hospital are absolutely appalling. Whenever I am around the area I notice that the bays are mostly empty because people do not want to pay for parking especially when they could be visiting the hospital for hours. As for the staff, it is atrocious the distance they have to walk in order to park without having to pay a ridiculous fee.
As you can only pay for four hours at the maximum parking, the staff cannot pay for a full day’s work.
As they cannot just drop what they are doing to come out and pay for another four hours, this would also turn out to be very expensive for them. Some staff are allowed permits but you have to fit into such specific requirements to be able to get one that most people aren’t eligible to receive one. My mum works at the hospital and normally works 10 hour shifts, and the time varies day to day.
Me and my sister decided to drop her off at her car when she had finished work as it was very late. It was at least a 20 minute walk for her to get to her car which is not good when finishing work at 10pm and having to walk alone in the dark to get to her car. You don’t know what type of people are hanging around places now.
If they could park closer to the hospital then it would be so much safer. The long walk to get to the hospital also causes problems as people need to set off so much earlier to get to the hospital on time and this can cause problems in people running their day to day lives. The residents of this area are also suffering as they have to have permits to park - but what happens if they want friends over to visit? They would have to pay to park.
People are also getting their streets clogged up because people are not wanting to pay to park and one day it will cause a massive accident.
A ticket is an unfair reward for drivers
I have never professed to be an academic but I work on common sense.
All three mainstream political parties and their independent counterparts locally purport to be the champions of road safety.
They all make the right noises, choose the right decisions and are seen to be politically correct. Yet I have never seen a council report or read an elected member sharing concern in your paper for the obvious encouragement of drink driving in Halifax. Whilst canvassing in Northowram and Shelf, I have met at least a dozen different people who have gone to town (Halifax) in their car, eaten out, had a couple of drinks, booked a taxi home and returned the following morning to find their reward for not drink driving - a parking ticket. To Councillor Baines and his local Tory party, who didn’t think things through when they privatised the wardens - these actions have encouraged motorists to either stay out of town or drive home after a couple of drinks.
To the other councillors - get your hands out from under your bums and think logically. It’s an easy fix to shaft the motorist at every opportunity but when somebody is forced to pay money in to the vastly profitable company Vinci’s bank account when they have acted responsibly, then next time they will think twice. All councillors, be brave and support true road safety, don’t just take the easy option. Although my initials are PC, an old Shelf saying comes to mind - if you make a mess on your own doorstep, you are bound to slip on it eventually.
UKIP candidate for Shelf and Northowram
Why don’t they place some bins?
I am writing to ask why have we no dog deposit bins on Moor End Road? Many faithful dog walkers allow their dogs to deposit their disgusting faeces under the cover of the high wall, away from the residents eyes, or others actually pick it up, and then throw it over the wall at the other side of the road. Again, where they think it cannot be seen. Don’t they realise that plastic does not decompose for many years? Furthermore, I would also like to draw your attention to what I can only describe as the “no mans land” below the church at King Cross.
I feel it is a disgrace to the area. It is in particular view when one is waiting at the traffic lights, it spoils the area, and I would appreciate an explanation as to why such an area has been left to rot like it has.
Mrs Jennifer Smith
Moor End Road
Will Janet make public stand?
Janet Battye’s political testimony in your issue of December 27 shows the breadth of her concerns.
Yet, though she clearly is an active public servant, one thing is far from clear, namely “why does she call herself Liberal Democrat whilst writing pleas for fairness?”
Nick Clegg’s broken pledge against tuition fees should have ended his public life, and the LibDem support of Cameron’s ending the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for able 16-18 year-olds has robbed them and our nation of their developed skills. When as a Labour councillor I deplored the Bush-Blair attack on Iraq I made this known.
I challenge Janet to call publicly for the restoration of the EMA, and for the “bedroom tax” on good public dwellings with “spare bedrooms” (like the 19 in “William and Kate’s”) to be abandoned until extended to the private sector.
Coun Frank McManus
One order will save tax money
In response to Malcolm Almond’s letter in last week’s Courier, we would like to point out that not all road safety campaigners are in favour of large 20mph areas in Calderdale. We have worked with the police in the Brighouse area and feel that 20mph zones should be only outside all schools and only operative at school arrival and leaving times when the children would be crossing the road. Larger areas would be impossible for the police to enforce and not cost effective. Surely one order covering all the schools in Calderdale could be used instead of the individual ones, therefore saving the Council Tax Payers a vast amount of money?
Chairperson and vice-chairperson Brighouse Road Safety
Glad he is not my accounant! It must be nice as a millionaire to be able to sit on your country estate and dictate that the sick and disabled must suffer whilst you cut your income tax bill massively. Does this seem fair? Osbourne forecast three years ago that he would need to borrow nothing in the year 2014/15. He is to borrow 94 thousand million pounds. If you employed him as your accountant, would you employ him again? I think not.
John R Phelan,
Idea makes it harder to cast vote
Proposals by the electoral commission to require people to produce ID to vote will make it harder to vote. The impact will be largest on the poorest, and, as examples from Texas show, also women, who are more likely to have recently changed their name after marriage. Many people will not have a passport or driving license, or will be in the process of updating these documents having moved or changed their name. Many more will simply forget to take their ID to vote, or won’t be able to find it in a rush to get out the house on polling day. The vast majority of electoral fraud takes place with postal votes, a system the Electoral Commission was keen to promote. Measures to produce ID will do nothing to tackle that form of fraud. A more sensible way to prevent impersonation would be to have Police Officers on problematic polling stations, so when someone was challenged, having been seen voting twice or at another polling station by a polling agent it could be dealt with. It would be absurd for a government that championed civil liberties by scrapping the Home Office’s centralised ID scheme to make presenting ID a requirement to vote. The idea is all cost and very little benefit. Holding official identity documents would become a requirement for democratic participation, registration effectively compulsory.
Coun James Baker