HUDDERSFIELD shoppers and workers are angry at new parking charges.
The new charges were unveiled at Springwood car park yesterday, the first of the town's car parks to introduce the new rates.
Now drivers have to shell out £4 to park there for the day - a massive 42% increase.
Kirklees Council bosses say the increase aims to free the town's car parks for shoppers rather than commuters and encourage people to use public transport.
But drivers seemed none too impressed by the rise.
Helen Milburn, 19, a student at Huddersfield Technical College, uses Springwood car park daily.
She said: "It's a lot of money for 10 hours. It was better value before, at £2.80 per day."
Nicola Brennan, 28, from Halifax, said she often travels to Huddersfield for the shops.
She said: "It's a massive hike. It's really cheeky.
"I think it will deter some people from parking here.
"There will probably be some empty spaces."
Tracey Pollitt, 43, from Oakes, is a mortgage administrator at The Mortgage Shop, on Market Street.
She is irritated by the new charges.
She said: "It's an enormous rise in the parking charge. I got on the bus this morning because I refused to pay it.
"I refuse to park there now. It's cheaper for me to get the bus every day.
"I parked at Springwood car park for a year. It was handy and I could just walk into town.
"But an increase of £1.20 per day is an awful lot of money.
"I just can't afford it now.
"Had it been a steady increase, an extra 20p an hour or so, it would have been better."
Tracey said she had noticed an increase in parking spaces covered in glass, from cars that have been broken in to.
She said: "Can I assume that the rise in parking charges are to increase security?
"I feel that paying £20 per week with what seems like a higher risk of my car being vandalised does not seem like a good proposition or value for money."
Tracey believes that fellow commuters will continue to park there as they have little choice.
She added: "The new charges might put people off for a while, but in the long run Kirklees have you over a barrel as there's nowhere else to park."
* Parking charges in the multi-storey car parks in Huddersfield are set to rise in June.
Sunday parking charges will be introduced for the first time in the summer.