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Parking charges amnesty in Calderdale set to end

Charges to be reinstated after floods clean-up

A car parking “amnesty” brought in by Calderdale Council because of the horrendous flooding is to end.

Drivers will again be asked to pay for parking across the region from March 1.

Charges were suspended in areas including Elland and Brighouse because of the terrible damage inflicted by the Boxing day floods and the huge clean-up operation that followed.

Calderdale Council decided to waive all parking charges in flood-affected areas to help residents and businesses recover.

Now a spokesman said: “It’s now almost two months on from the devastating floods that hit Calderdale on Boxing Day, and communities are slowly beginning to return to normal, with many shops and businesses reopening.

“Council services will also shortly return to normal as well. In affected areas parking charges were suspended and skip hire has been free of charge since the floods hit, but this period of relief is due to end on Tuesday, March 1.

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“Over £100,000 worth of skips have been made available by the council to homes and businesses who have experienced flood damage. Requests for skips have been reducing, as the majority of damaged items have been removed from homes or businesses.

“Parking charges in flood affected areas will return on Tuesday. The suspension of charges was extended from the end of January until the end of February, with the last day of free parking in the affected council-run car parks now being Monday, February 29.

“However, financial support is still available, with grants for those affected, as well as relief from council tax and business rates. Full details of all the flooding help is available at www.calderdale.gov.uk by searching for ‘flood funding’.”

Clr Barry Collins said: “To help communities get back on their feet, we have extended our offer of support for as long as we have been able.

“The free parking was a big help for people emptying properties or assisting with the clean up, but now that businesses are reopening in the affected towns, it’s important that there is a good turnover of spaces to boost trade.”



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