Councillor asks: what happened to the much-wanted u-turn on parking charges?

Brighouse member wants to know why Calderdale is still charging when the budget agreed a reversal

Clr Scott Benton, Brighouse Conservative

Concern has been raised that parking charges councillors agreed to revise are still in place.

Parking charges were introduced in the Mill Lane, Bank Street and Church Lane car parks around Brighouse in January.

After a long campaign opposition councillors pledged to block the Labour budget unless the charges were revised, which was agreed at Calderdale Council’s Annual Budget Meeting on February 24.

Clr Scott Benton, Brighouse Conservative, said 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 - were removed from the council’s budget from April 6.

He’s now questioning why the charges remain in place.

Clr Benton said: “Residents and traders have campaigned against these charges ever since they were first proposed by the Labour-run council eighteen months ago.

“After a long campaign, we managed to overturn the decision to impose the charges by removing them from the council budget.

“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.

“‘The Labour council ignored the wishes of Brighouse people when it disregarded a petition signed by over 2,500 residents and traders in opposition to the extra charges.

“We believe that the Labour Cabinet are deliberately dragging their feet with regards to reversing these very unpopular parking charges. 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.”

The budget agreement was to reverse newly-imposed car parking charges and look to introduce a shoppers’ parking scheme.

Geoff Willerton, Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, said: “We are investigating the necessary procedural and legal requirements and are beginning to implement a change in parking arrangements, as resolved at the Budget Council meeting in late February.”

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