PETITIONS containing around 3,000 signatures will be handed in to Calderdale Council tonight.
Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) will be taking the petitions collected by businesses in opposition to the proposed parking charges in the three town centre car parks at Bank Street, Mill Lane and Church Street.
Chair of Brighouse Business Initiative Lesley Adams felt the charges would kill of trade in the town. “We have had no problems getting signatures, everybody has been quite keen to put their name down and support us,” she said. “We are all very happy with the response and I think it shows the depth of feeling within the local community.”
Lesley is hoping to attend the full council meeting at Halifax Town Hall along with some other members of BBI. “We will be asking questions at the meeting about parking. We just want to show the length of objections. We are opposed to the charges not only because of the effect it will have on the economy but it will completely disrupt peoples lives and that is not on.”
The petitions have been in town centre shops, the doctors surgeries and the church for just over four weeks.
Councillor Benton said: “The response the petition has received from the public has been absolutely fantastic. The vast majority of residents, shoppers, and retailers that I have spoken to recognise the harm that these plans will do to our local businesses and so have only been too happy to sign the petition.
“These proposals will penalise local people for going about their daily business and that is completely unacceptable. Although the Council have so far brushed aside our concerns and have not even been willing to debate the plans in a fair and open manner, I will continue to highlight the damage that these proposals will do and will ensure that the views of Brighouse residents continue to be heard.”