Church Lane car park fees dropped

Church Lane car park, Brighouse, before parking charges were intorduced
Church Lane car park, Brighouse, before parking charges were intorduced

Calderdale Council will be removing parking charges from the Church Lane car park, while charges at the Bank Street and Mill Lane car parks will remain.

The decision was approved by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet following complaints that many of the drivers who had previously used the car park had been parking on residential streets instead.

The controversial charges were implemented in January, but a motion pushed through by a coalition of the Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups to remove the charges was approved by the council in February - but the Labour group said it was unable to make the changes.

Coun Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) said he was disappointed the council decided not to remove charges from Bank Street and Mill Lane.

He said: “I have received dozens and dozens of phone calls from residents and traders in relation to this issue over the last week, and everybody who I have spoken to has been very angry at the decision to leave the charges in place.

“The people of Brighouse made their feelings on this issue quite clear when we presented a petition against the charges, signed by over 2,200 people to the council.

“Residents and traders alike now feel badly let down by the Labour group, who have ignored the wishes of the council in not removing these damaging charges.

“We will continue to vigorously campaign on this issue until the council finally see sense and understand the harm that these charges are doing to our town centre.”

Coun Barry Collins, Cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “We could simply reverse those parking charges along the lines of the budget amendment, but if the people who made the amendment had done their homework, they would have known that it would have taken a while to implement.

“These plans were passed when the Liberal Democrats were on the Cabinet - they then chose to take a different view with their secret budget amendment and then voted to reverse the thing.

“We took the opportunity to examine very closely the affects of the schemes that we brought in and overall these schemes have performed in a really helpful way.”