Signs branded ‘misleading’

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PARKING restrictions in Bradford Road, Brighouse, are misleading resulting in people getting booked unnecessarily.

Motorist Mike Battye was given a fine for parking outside Armitage Sykes solicitors which is in a keep clear section while he attended church.

“I was fined £70 after my wife and I went to church on a Sunday morning by one of the local traffic wardens. I was told either to appeal against the decision or to pay the £35 - which is what you pay if you pay the fine within 14 days,” he said.

Mr Battye appealed and won after putting across his argument that it wasn’t clear that parking restrictions were in force.

He said the keep clear signs which are still up along the road belonged to a different era when Bradford Road used to run straight to the town centre before the Ludenscheid Link was built.

“Someone needs to look at this and the council’s highways department should be asked if the restrictions are still relevant.

“They should be making it clear to drivers what the restrictions are either by putting double yellow lines down or a sign saying no parking,” he said. “I just don’t want anyone else to make the same mistake and end up being fined.”

A Calderdale Council spokeswoman said the clearway order extends into the junction mouth of the blocked section of Bradford and the clearway end signs are displayed at the termination point. “The signs are still required and are lawful,” she said.

“I have been advised by our Highways Team that the signing is compliant with the Home Office document ‘Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002’. We must adhere to this document otherwise restrictions would be non compliant – so we are unable to make include other signs/amendments.”