Council’s re-think on charges

A NEW refund scheme has been introduced at Shibden Park following a number of complaints about parking charges.

A £2 charging fee was introduced by Calderdale Council at Shibden Park in April on weekends, bank holidays and Calderdale school holiday periods. A £1 charge was payable from Monday to Friday outside school holidays.

The fee was introduced in order to maintain its upkeep but following feedback after consulting visitors and businesses affected by the scheme a new system has been put in place which will see visitors who make purchases from any of the businesses within Shibden Park, that exceed £2 receive a 50 per cent discount off their parking.

Craig Dodson, cafe manager at Coffee Culture based at the park, said; “As a business that operates within Shibden Park we really welcome this positive approach. This is a cost effective exercise that benefits all involved and were delighted the council took our feedback seriously.

“It’s reassuring to know that Calderdale Council is willing to listen and work with small businesses in the area. It’s not everyday you hear about a council who does but fortunately for us we have a council here in Calderdale that does.”

Councillor Pauline Nash, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities said; “It’s just as important to achieve financial targets within the council as it is to recognise the importance of ensuring local businesses are able to flourish and support the economy within Calderdale.

“I’m delighted that we are able to work with local businesses in our area and this is a great opportunity for visitors to Shibden Park to experience our great heritage, this temporary measure will continue to provide great value until new parking meters are fitted in the near future.”