Visitors hit by parking charges

PARKING fees are being introduced at one of the area’s biggest visitor attractions.

A £2 charging fee has come into operation at Shibden Park on weekends, bank holidays and Calderdale school holiday periods. A £1 charge will be payable from Monday to Friday outside school holidays.

The fee will be payable on entry to the park and will be effective from 9am-6pm daily.

It is a temporary fixed rate while the council consults on a pay and display system.

Blue badge holders will continue to benefit from free parking.

Andrew Pitts, acting head of neighbourhoods and community engagement, said there are some fantastic attractions in Calderdale, many of which are maintained by the council. “This small charge for parking will help us to maintain and continue to improve the facilities at Shibden Park,” he said.

“I hope people will continue to come to the park and support us in preserving the borough’s heritage.”

Charges have also come into force at Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience in Halifax.

The Jungle Experience has been free to enter since it opened in 1998.

But due to cuts in funding, Calderdale Council has introduced an entrace fee of £1 so it can remain open for the public.

The fee will go towards maintaining the building, taking care of the plants and animals and investing in more features.

Entrance to the 19 acre park and walled garden will remain free which includes a playground, a woodland walk, floral gardens, a plant sales area and Flutterbites Cafe.