Shibden parking charges in the spotlight again

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CONTROVERSIAL parking charges at Shibden Park are to be decided on by councillors next week.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet will set the pay-and-display rate should be to replace the current pay-on-entry system.

Members will consider options from 30p to 70p an hour.

Councillors agreed to introduce charges for Shibden’s car park in February – £1 on weekdays and £2 at weekends.

The decision followed a consultation in which residents said they would rather see charges introduced or increased to protect frontline services.

But 600 people signed a petition against the pay-on-entry system after it was introduced.

Now the charges could change after a further public consultation in which nearly 300 people responded, plus an informal survey of 131 visitors carried out by the park’s cafe Coffee Culture.

Pauline Nash, cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said charges were necessary to help protect frontline services.

“All councils have to look carefully at spending and how they can raise more revenue,” she said. “Free parking is no longer an option if we are to ensure vital frontline services, particularly for vulnerable people, are to be maintained.

The council will decide on the charges at next Monday’s cabinet meeting.