£30 a year to park outside your own home in Kirklees: your reaction to our story

Under the council’s new budget proposals, a £30-a-year annual charge will be imposed on 328 streets

An angry motorist believes Kirklees Council’s plans to charge £30 for parking permits is unfair.

Andrew Ball, 47, lives in Lipscomb Street, Milnsbridge, where parking permits have been in force for several years.

Under the council’s new budget proposals, a £30-a-year annual charge will be imposed.

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Some 9,000 households on 328 streets across Kirklees are affected.

In Lipscomb Street parking is allowed for non-permit-holders for a 45-minute stay with no return within 75 minutes.

The restriction applies between 8am and 6pm.

Mr Ball said parking on the street was rarely enforced, meaning he often had to leave his car in Scar Lane.

“If I have to pay I have to pay but if I am paying £30 to park outside my house and other people can park for free, it’s grossly unfair,” said Mr Ball.

“If the council is bringing in charges they should make it permit-holders only on our street.”

 

Mr Ball said there could be around 35 cars lining both sides of Lipscomb Street and some drivers were thoughtless towards others.

“The other day we had one car parked so badly it took up two spaces and we have shoppers who park here to go to the Aldi supermarket.

“Why they don’t park at Aldi I don’t know. Maybe they are embarrassed at people knowing where they shop.”

Mr Ball said on one occasion out of about 35 cars on the street only three had permits, yet none of the ‘illegal’ parkers were ticketed.

“We very rarely see enforcement officers up here but if I am paying £30 I should be able to park, if not outside my own home then certainly on the street.”

Mr Ball has previously reported illegally parked cars to the council.

“I don’t want to be a curtain-twitcher but it’s all about fairness,” he said.

Kirklees Council says it will generate £160,000 a year from permit charges.

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Huddersfield people  have reacted angrily to the  plans. Here are just some  of the comments from the  Examiner’s Facebook page

LISA COLLING

 This is ridiculous. I’ve already  had parking wardens try and  ticket my friend’s car as we’re  only allowed one permit per  household (brilliant if you never  have family/friends over  together etc) and now they  want to charge me £30 for the  privilege of arguing with them.  This is unacceptable. Our street  is permit-only as people visiting  the stadium were blocking the  street on match days. I am one  very angry resident.

SI J WILSON

Wow, if parking in the town  centre was ridiculous this is a  joke. They say York charges  £100 – nothing to say in two or  three years Kirklees  won’t increase costs.  Surely this will cost a  fortune to implement and  manage.

MICHELLE  CROWTHER

Does this now mean there are  no more excuses about no  money to pay for potholes so  will all the roads now be  resurfaced?

JO BOTTOMLEY

I thought road tax covered this?

MARK LOTHARIO TEMPEST

If you pay road tax you are  automatically allowed to park  anywhere as long as it is legal  – not double yellows zig zags  etc.

GRAHAM REID

Vehicle excise duty (road tax)  has nothing to do with roads –  it all goes to the Government  coffers to be used as they see  fit.

CONRAD WASS

Kirklees issues permits to  protect the residents’  ability to park outside  their homes instead of  them being used by  hospital visitors or football fans,  so that shouldn’t come under  the usual road tax chestnut.

PAUL VAN DODGIO  IBBERSON

What exactly will they do if you  don’t pay it, clamp your car? If  no-one pays, they can’t send  everyone on these streets in  Huddersfield to court.

TINA HEWITT

We live in Redcar and  Cleveland and get free parking  permits for one car and two  guests. It helps the residents.  Shocking when they want to  charge – you pay enough with  taxes

DAWN LOW

We never asked for seven days  a week permits here on  Springbank Road and  Springbank Crescent – just  when the Town matches were  being played. Just put it back to  match days.

KATY DOCHERTY

Well if it guaranteed the school  run mums and rest of the world  who seem obsessed with  parking outside my house  would stop, then I would be  happy to pay it. But it won’t!

FRANCES BROOK

My street is on the list but isn’t  permit only as others can park  for up to an hour. It is rarely  policed so people park there all  day. If I have to pay £30 I want  to see it become permit only  and see traffic wardens out  every day making sure it is only  those who have paid are  parked!

SALLY SMALES-SUGDEN

All folk will do if possible is  make the front garden into a  parking space and this then  causes more rainwater run-off  leading to further flooding.  Councils don’t see the bigger  picture, just pound signs

ANGELA VICKERS BUCKLE

I’m quite happy about this. I get  so many inconsiderate people  parking outside my house who  are going to Dewsbury District  Hospital. They don’t care where  they park and I’ve complained  to the council loads of times  about having a permit in place.  Good.

 

 
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