Row over car park charge for Brighouse 40s weekend

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Organisers of the Brighouse 1940s Weekend have criticised Calderdale Council for a perceived lack of support after being hit with a big bill for hiring a car park.

Brighouse Business Initiative (BBI) must pay more than £400 to hire the Bethel Street car park, which was used for a military vehicles display at the event, as the council is insisting on charging for the use of the facility.

But BBI chairwoman Lesley Adams feels that as the 1940s Weekend generated more than £1 million of trade in Brighouse, the council could forego the hire charge and be more supportive.

Carolyn Walton, Calderdale Council’s highway network manager, said the BBI had been given the car park at a discounted rate.

She added that the council did not make a profit from this but covered the loss of income from the heavily used car park.

Mark Thompson, the council’s head of housing, environment and renewal, said the council works hard to help local businesses.