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.
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.
Huddersfield people have reacted angrily to the plans. Here are just some of the comments from the Examiner’s Facebook page
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.
Does this now mean there are no more excuses about no money to pay for potholes so will all the roads now be resurfaced?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.