These car park price increases are being planned for Halifax and Sowerby Bridge

What car parking price hikes are planned in Halifax
What car parking price hikes are planned in Halifax

Motorists face car park price increases in Halifax town centre if Calderdale Council leaders agree to proposals.

This is when Calderdale's car parking price hike plans will be discussed
Calderdale Council Cabinet members might expect fireworks when they meet at Halifax Town Hall on Monday, November 5 (6pm) but argue that on- and off-street charges are not being raised or introduced indiscriminately.

Against a backdrop of parking services having to make savings in extremely tough financial times – £160,000 in 2018-19 and £340,000 in 2019-20 – the council argues increases or introduction of charges has been looked at on a case to case basis.

The on-street changes which are being recommended will, if adopted, see charges in Halifax’s inner core go up from 70p per half hour to 80p for the same period, a change which could realise an additional £92,375 for the council.

Outer core four-hour limit on-street charges will see a rise from 50p to 60p per hour, expected to raise an extra £79,983 for the council, but other outer core on-street places which are 50p per hour or £3.50 for over seven hours, will not change.

In terms of off-street parking in Halifax, North Bridge car park will remain at 50p per hour, Monday to Friday, but there will be a £1 all-day charge on Saturdays which is expected to realise £7,000 more for the council.

Lister Court car park is currently free but a proposed £1 per hour charge will be introduced, expecting to raise an extra £12,480 for the council.

But here will be no change to charges at Union Street, Prescott Street, King Street, Hanover Street, Cow Green, Cross Hills, High Street, Mulcture Hall Road, Victoria Street, Bull Green, Town Hall, Akroyd Place, Northgate House, St John’s Lane, Haugh Shaw Road and Queen’s Road (King Cross) car parks, all in Halifax.

At Skircoat, Halifax, on-street parking at Dryclough Lane, Godfrey Road and Dudwell Lane will see an increase from 80p to 90p per hour. This is expected to raise an extra £18,281. But there will be no change at Skircoat Road or outer Skircoat.

Users of the off-street car park at Tuel Lane, Sowerby Bridge, currently 40p per hour with a £2.40 rate for over six hours, will rise to 50p an hour, realising the council an extra £8,558, but there will be no change at Stanley Street and West Street car parks.

In terms of Sowerby Bridge’s on-street parking, spaces which have been free on Station Road will now be free for the first hour but with a 40p per hour charge after that (total maximum stay four hours), which should raise an extra £3,369.

The off-street car park at Royd Lane, Ripponden, will be subject to a new arrangement of first hour free, then 40p per hour and a £2 set fee for over five hours, raising an extra £6,500 for the council.

Contract holders will also be subject to an increase, from £594 to £620, and in Halifax, Skircoat area contract permit holders from £295 to £330 although no changes are planned to the cost of resident or visitor parking permits.

If approved, the changes could bring in an extra £362,634 for the council, passing the savings target.