Free parking in town centre on Saturdays

Parking in Halifax town centre.
Parking in Halifax town centre.

Free Saturday parking will be introduced at four town centre car parks in the run-up to Christmas.

From tomorrow (November 15) it will be free to park all day every Saturday until Christmas in the Council owned car parks on Victoria Street, High Street, Cross Hills and Mulcture Hall Road.

Although on-street parking charges in Halifax town centre were suspended last month after it became clear that the council’s traffic regulation order (TRO) was unlawful, charges are still in place in the council’s car parks.

A temporary TRO, which came into force on November 7, has allowed the council to enforce time limits on parking bays.

On-street parking charges in Halifax town centre will continue to be suspended until a permanent TRO is introduced early in the New Year.

Stephen Baines, Conservative leader of Calderdale Council, this week hit out a workers in Halifax who took advantage of the free parking.

He said: “I just want the people who have parked there all day taking advantage of this mess we’re in what it has cost those businesses.

“Some of these businesses have lost 30 per cent of their revenue because of it.

“If it had carried on and those businesses had failed, think of the revenue that the taxpayer would have lost just through the business rates which they pay and the loss of wages that they’re paying to their staff.”

He added: “Some people who work in businesses and shops were parking up all day, stopping the trade getting to their shops and complaining about it - they were basically cutting their own throats.”