Drivers hand over thousands of pounds every day to park in Huddersfield and the rest of Kirklees.

And a plea for Kirklees Council to consider making parking free on some days will have to go to the politicians to make a decision.

This week’s Ask Examiner question, from Gillian Burton, was: "Why is there no free parking in Huddersfield on a weekend, like in Barnsley? It would encourage people to visit from other towns."

Many people suggested it as a good idea.

Kirklees Council has confirmed it is responsible for over 7,000 parking spaces in 95 off street locations, such as the multi-storey car park in Alfred Street, as well as over 1,200 on street pay and display spaces.

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The parking fees for those are determined by councillors, on the advice of officers.

The council has previously waived parking fees in the run up to Christmas and on holidays but it would require a further decision by councillors to waive the existing charges.

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: "Managing parking and traffic flows in the town centre is a difficult balancing act. Clearly parking charges have a role in promoting town centre vitality and a balance needs to be found between providing sufficient parking places at the right price and management to prevent spaces that are intended for shorter term visitors to the town centre being taken up all day by town centre workers and commuters.

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" Providing parking comes at a cost, the costs of developing and maintaining parking spaces and enforcing their proper use.

"Parking is never free as the cost needs to be covered by someone any costs not recovered from parking charges would need to be met by council tax.

" Parking charges in Huddersfield have not been increased for several years in recognition of the challenging economic conditions facing the town centre.

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"In addition the Council provides free parking during events, to support Christmas shopping and on bank holidays. Discounts are offered for season ticket holders, and we have invested in safer ways to pay.

"The Council also reviews its parking offer and initiatives being taken up in other towns on an ongoing basis and members are regularly consulted on parking charges and town centre traffic management issues the latter from the perspective of both motorists and the users of other forms of transport - public transport, cyclists and pedestrians."

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