Spending cuts: Drivers face a new bashing

MOTORISTS and visitors to Calderdale's favourite attractions look set to be clobbered by new and higher fees.

Councillors hope to raise an additional 653,000 a year by increasing on

and off-street parking charges by at least 10p an hour.

But they could raise thousands more by imposing new charges at Shibden Park and Ogden Water.

Visitors might also have to pay to go into the popular Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

The proposals are contained in the budget which Calderdale Council's Liberal Democrat and Labour councillors have put out to consultation this week.

It is due for approval at the end of February and

the parking charges could be imposed as early as April.

A year ago, the council carried out a major review of parking and recommended a raft of changes, not all of which were implemented.

Economy and environment spokesman Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said councillors would look again at the recommendations.

That could lead to the introduction of fees for residents' permits.

The budget proposals also include a suggestion that the number of parking services staff should be reduced by four to 13. saving 70,000 a year.

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