Community up in arms over parking

Resident Ken Davidsonwith councillors Pauline Nash and John Hardy in Skircoat Moor Road, Halifax.
Resident Ken Davidsonwith councillors Pauline Nash and John Hardy in Skircoat Moor Road, Halifax.

Parking charges and changes to permit zones in Skircoat Green have sparked fury within the community.

Halifax’s Skircoat residents, businesses, councillors and hospital staff have spoken to the Courier, raising their concerns over parking measures which came into force on November 18.

Parking policy changes in the area were intended to alleviate parking problems for residents. However, Skircoat Green Road resident Chris Whitworth said the new permit hours of 8am-7pm, Monday to Friday, has made the problem worse.

“The weekend will be a free-for-all with hospital visitors parking here to avoid charges and residents won’t be able to park. Why are we paying for permits when most of us are at work in the hours it covers?” he said.

Nearby businesses, unable to purchase a £25 per-year permit as they are not “residential”, are up in arms about the changes to parking.

Kyte Photography employee Lynne Fletcher said: “For one car, it will cost an extra £750 per year to come to work. Parking restrictions could ruin Skircoat Green business - it feels as though we’re being denied a voice.”

A Calderdale Royal Hospital employee and Dudwell Lane resident said the council brought in changes for residents who did not want change. He said paying bays will cost NHS staff an extra £100 per month and has therefore pushed the parking problem to free parking zones such as Skircoat Moor Road.

Councillor Pauline Nash (Lib Dem, Skircoat) said: “I’ve been inundated with complaints about displacement parking at Skircoat Moor Road - this road, Dryclough Lane and others are now dangerous.”

Skircoat Coun John Hardy (Con) said: “Changes were introduced to help residents but the effect of outside users is now being seen.

“Now changes have been implemented a review can come sooner - a balance needs to be addressed.”

Calderdale Council’s head of planning and highways Geoff Willerton said: “Local concerns about parking across the Skircoat area led to calls for a better system. We updated our original proposals to take into account views about parking wherever possible and consulted with residents and businesses to develop a final scheme. Obviously we will be reviewing the detailed impact of these changes over the coming months but overall we hope the amended scheme will now solve the problem of previously uncontrolled parking around the area.”