Demand for car park charges to be abolished

Mill Lane carpark, Brighouse.
Mill Lane carpark, Brighouse.

Residents and traders have expressed their disappointment after parking charges that were seemingly to be abolished at the beginning of the new financial year are still in force across Brighouse.

Extra parking charges were introduced in the Mill Lane, Bank Street and Church Lane car parks around Brighouse in January. After a long campaign against the charges, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors managed to overturn the decision to impose the charges at the council’s annual budget meeting on February 24. As such, the estimated income that was to be generated by a range of extra parking charges (totalling £250 000 in 2014/15 and then £200 000 every year after that) was removed from the council budget from April 6.

“It is completely unacceptable that the council has not taken immediate action to remove the charges now that we are in the new financial year,” said Coun Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse).

“By doing so they are ignoring the wishes of the council who voted to abolish them, and as such the wishes of the electorate.

“We demand that the charges are removed immediately and that the misery that they have brought to traders and residents alike is brought to an end.”