Town centre parking charges have ‘devastated’ businesses

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Business owners in Halifax have voiced their concerns that parking charges have impacted early evening trade in the town centre.

Director of Shakespeare Hotel Rafaele Scaltaro, known locally as Carlo, has seen his restaurant’s turnover reduced by £700 per week since the charges were introduced in January and has laid-off three members of staff as a result.

‘Early bird’ diners have been pushed away because of parking charges on Horton Street and because diners have had to move their cars mid-way through their meals.

Carlo said: “Families used to come before eight o’clock - they don’t come anymore.”

Owners of the Metropolitan restaurant, Kamran Balti House, and Wards End Off License report similiar issues.

Sohail Khan, owner of HX Barbers said: “It used to be that a customer would finish work and come in and have a haircut, but now they just complain about parking - a lot of them don’t bother now.”

Phillip Allott, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Halifax, said: “The town hall claims it’s busieness friendly, but these parking measures have had really negative impact.

“It’s unacceptable where we are now.”

Labour’s deputy council leader Barry Collins said: “Cabinet will be reporting to full council in the near future on the review process required by the budget decision on parking charges taken earlier this year.”