Village joins forces to fight the charges

Petition to keep Hipperholme car park free from charges.'From the left, Councillors David Kirton and Graham Hall, Charles Brickdale, chairman of the Calder Valley Conservative Association, Clive Flynn and Joe Clegg.
Petition to keep Hipperholme car park free from charges.'From the left, Councillors David Kirton and Graham Hall, Charles Brickdale, chairman of the Calder Valley Conservative Association, Clive Flynn and Joe Clegg.

A COMMUNITY has joined forces in its to fight against potential parking charges.

The car park in Wakefield Road, Hipperholme, is one of four earmarked for charges by the Lab/Lib-Dem coalition. The others include Mill Lane, Bank Street and Church Lane all in Brighouse town centre.

Two of the ward councillors, David Kirton and Graham Hall, have now set up a petition and have been from door to door collecting signatures and in the car park itself.

More than 200 signatures were added to the list in just two hours.

Charles Brickdale, chair of the Calder Valley Conservative Association, said: “We had a really good response from people who were seizing the pens out of our hands in order to sign the petition. Virtually everyone was against the idea of imposing charges and were very concerned the impact it would have on commercial activity and the general economic health of Hipperholme. They say it is crucial to keeping the village going and the shops.

“There is a great deal of concern and anxiety that once they have been imposed they will be seen as an easy option for increases in the future to increase revenue. People don’t feel the council has looked in great detail into how savings can be made in the budget and they are picking on the parking charges as a safe option.

“I know one of the bigger businesses in Brighouse is proposing to pay for the parking charges and that really makes the point because clearly bigger businesses can absorb the extra costs. It is the smaller businesses and the start up ones that face the biggest problems.”

He said it would be costly for the taxpayer to install and enforce the charges and businesses will pay when people don’t visit the village.

A second petition has been set up by the traders is available to sign at any of the shops or people can contact their ward councillors.