Halifax parking review could raise thousands

PARKING charges, fees for residents’ permits and a 20 mph zone could be introduced on streets surrounding the Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The council has been consulting people living in the area on these and other means of easing congestion as part of a huge parking review in the Skircoat Green, Salterhebble and Coronation Road district of Halifax.

The survey comes to an end on Monday and the results will feed into a much bigger review of parking arrangements throughout Calderdale.

Ward councillor Pauline Nash said: “Parking has been an issue around the hospital and other areas for years and has caused problems for residents and visitors.

“Contrary to what some people are saying, the Liberal Democrats have neither delayed nor rushed things - working closely with the council’s highways engineers, we are making sure that it is a right and proper scheme for the whole area.”

She said the questionnaire was an initial discussion document.

“The more people who give their views, the more the final scheme can be shaped by the needs of the local residents,” said Coun Nash.

Calderdale Council wants to find out whether there is support for a residents only parking scheme and how much people would be prepared to pay to cover the cost of issuing permits.

It also wants to know what people think about the idea of pay and display parking provision on streets close to the hospital entrances.

Finally, would they support the introduction of a 20 mph zone and associated traffic calming measures on streets in the Skircoat area.

A council spokesperson said people could send in their responses to the consultation until close of business on Monday.

“Thank-you to everyone who has responded so far. We are delighted with the number received to date, all of which will be taken into account when determining the way forward.”

*The council carried out a Calderdale-wide parking review in 2009 which made 31 recommendations, hardly any of which were adopted because of concerns among councillors about the political impact.

The council is now poised to implement many of the proposals, which include paying for parking permits, extending pay and display zones and reimbursing shoppers, which together could raise £600,000 a year.