Paying to park at home is on cards – again

THE idea of making some Calderdale residents pay for permits to park outside their homes could soon be back on the agenda.

Councillors decided in 2000 that a £25 charge was necessary, to cover the cost of issuing permits.

But the idea was abandoned following a huge public backlash, which cost the then deputy leader of the council, John Ford, his seat in Skircoat ward in 2007.

Kirklees Council has just begun charging £30 for residents-only parking permits and the idea could soon be up for discussion again in Calderdale, according to Barry Collins.

Calderdale Council’s economy and environment spokesman said a massive parking review in 2009 clearly recommended that a review of resident parking zones should be carried out and charges implemented.

At that time, about 2,000 permits were being issued each year at a cost of more than £50,000.

Today there are more than 3,500.

“The Conservative administration shelved the idea and other recommendations, leaving many parking issues still to be resolved.

“There are serious problems on streets around the Calderdale Royal Hospital compounded by the introduction of on-street parking charges in Halifax, which must be tackled as soon as possible.”

Councillor Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said people should pay to cover the cost of issuing residents-only parking permits but in return the council must review and properly enforce parking restrictions in those areas.

*Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles plans to reduce town centre parking charges under the new national planning framework.