Be prepared to pay more

PEOPLE will have to tighten their purse strings as the the cost of car parking and using the town’s new pool increases.

Charges for a range of activities at Brighouse swimming pool will go up from April 1 following the decision by Calderdale Council at its budget meeting in February to increase income from its sports and leisure facilities.

A 12-month Active Lifestyle membership will increase by just over £28 from £281 to £309.10 with increases also applied to monthly Direct Debit prices.

Among the increases, the price of a swim will rise from £3.50 to £3.90 for adults and £1.90 to £2.10 for under 16s. Gym sessions will go up from £4.10 to £4.50 and hire of a squash court will go up from £7.80 to £8.60.

Cabinet Member, Coun Pauline Nash, said the feedback from the consultation showed people were prepared to see an increase in charges for leisure activities in order to protect services to more vulnerable residents. “Quite rightly, they said they were prepared to pay more for leisure activities to ensure that services for older and disabled people, for example, are maintained,” she said. “We have listened to those comments and, while nobody wants to increase charges we have tried to spread them across as many areas as possible to minimise the impact.”

A full list of the new prices will be available from the Council’s website – www.calderdale.gov.uk/leisure

n PARKING at Calderdale Council’s car parks in Brighouse will cost 10p more an hour. The price hike, which is the first in Calderdale for five years, will take effect from April 18. The cost of parking at Bethel Street, Commercial Street and Parsonage Lane will go up from 50p to 60p an hour and using Daisy Street, Owler Ings and Mill Royd Street west and east car parks will go up from 30p to 40p an hour.

On-street charges on Halifax outer streets will go up by 20p to 50p an hour and spaces on town centre streets will rise from 80p to £1 an hour on April 18. On-street parking charges in Hebden Bridge will be doubled to 40p an hour on April 23.

Later this year, councillors will look to implement the recommendations of a parking review which among other things proposed new and higher charges for residents parking permits.