PARKING charges could be introduced in four Brighouse car parks if approval is given by councillors.
The council says the changes, which have been on the cards for some time, are vital to meet new requirements and make-up a burgeoning shortfall in the car parking budget.
Mill Lane (outside Artisan), Bank Street and Church Lane all close to Brighouse town centre and Wakefield Road at Hipperholme have all been earmarked for parking charges in Calderdale Council’s Parking Income Generation study.
There are currently five free car parks in Brighouse and if approval is given the only free car park will be in Crowtrees Lane, Rastrick.
It has already been agreed parking charges will go up in 2014 to raise an additional £245,000 but the council also looks set to:
l Reduce the cost of long stay parking in Halifax to £3 a day.
l Allow motorists to park all day in outer on-street bays for a maximum of £3.50.
l Scrap free parking on Saturdays where it is operational and charge £1 in those car parks.
l Extend the period for parking charges in Halifax from 6pm until 8pm.
l Introduce charges on 40 bays on Skircoat Road, beside the Shay stadium.
l Introduce parking charges on streets around the Calderdale Royal Hospital, encompassing 1,500 homes.
l Charge about 4,200 residents £25 a year for permits to park outside their homes.
Councillors could be asked to pay 70p an hour to use the Halifax Town Hall car park and a major scheme is being developed to regularise parking at King Cross, which is expected to include new charges and restrictions.
Calderdale Council Cabinet will be asked to set the ball rolling at its meeting on Monday.
Economy and environment spokesman Coun Barry Collins said the time had come to implement the first phase of the parking review which was shelved a couple of years ago by the council’s former Conservative administration.
“It is important to stress that we are not proposing to introduce street parking charges in Brighouse or extend them in Hebden Bridge,” said Coun Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden).