Residents urged to fight over permits

A general view of High Street in Brighouse where a house was broken into but police didn't turn up for 30 minutes, claims the resident
A general view of High Street in Brighouse where a house was broken into but police didn't turn up for 30 minutes, claims the resident

Residential parking permits could be removed if more than 75 per cent of responses are in favour.

Brighouse councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said residents needed to ask for a review to take place in High Street if they wanted permit parking to be removed.

“If residents want the permits removing then I will support them all the way. I know the £25 charge had to be implemented because the government pulled the funding. This was 40 per cent of the funding which we needed to find which is why the charge was put in place.

“If a review does take place then they would need 50 per cent of the letters back and from that percentage, 75 per cent would need to either be in favour of removing them or against it.

“If they don’t have the 75 per cent then it will be left as it is,” he said. “There has been an increase of residents wanting permit parking according to Councillor Barry Collins, cabinet member for economy and environment.”

Parking charges will be introduced in four Brighouse car parks, Mill Lane, Bank Street, Church Lane and Wakefield Road at Hipperholme.

Councillors are mindful that they may have to fight to keep free on-street parking. “It is fantastic what we do in Brighouse. We must be aware that the council may introduce on-street parking charges. We didn’t fight to prevent taxis parking in the town centre for them to put parking charges on.

“The road is not like a car park it has to be Tarmac and lighting and machines have to be paid for and the enforcement. It is already paid for in other ways so keeping on-street free should be our paramount priority. We have a thriving town centre it is something to be proud of.”

Resident Ann Rutherford said: “We have to look at Halifax and since putting parking charges empty spaces are all over the place.”