PARKING fees in Huddersfield are set to change.
Kirklees Council officers have drawn up a plan which they hope will bring in more money without hitting motorists too hard.
The proposal – which will be voted on at the council’s Cabinet meeting on Tuesday – includes changing parking charges in Huddersfield town centre.
Monday to Saturday on-street parking currently costs 70p for 30 minutes, £1.40 for an hour and £2.10 for the maximum stay of 90 minutes.
This would be changed to £1 for 45 minutes and £2 for the maximum stay of 90 minutes. That is a slight fall per minute, although the minimum charge does rise by 30p. The Sunday rates will remain unchanged.
Business parking permits would be hiked from £115 a year to £200 a year.
Kirklees Cabinet member for highways Clr David Sheard believes the changes are fair.
The Heckmondwike Labour man said: “We have attempted to be fair to all town centre users by not increasing the cost of parking but phasing the time bands so that shoppers are encouraged to stay a little longer once they have parked.
“In terms of business use, we have annual permits for traders and landlords, but the majority of users need shorter-term passes, so we will be making sure that the way these permits are issued is more appropriate to use.”
Clr Sheard also believes that the many private car parks which have sprung up on the edge of Huddersfield town centre on vacant land will not survive.
He said: “As the recovery from recession continues and the regeneration sites on the ring road become active building sites again, we anticipate that unauthorised car parks will disappear and take-up of council car parks will increase.”
Kirklees also plans to take a harsher line on parking penalties.
A council spokesman said: “We will adopt a more rigorous approach to parking enforcement and appeals to reduce the income lost through those who flout the restrictions at the expense of the honest majority who pay and display correctly.”
The Cabinet also plans to change parking fees in Dewsbury.
On-street charges are currently 40p for 30 minutes, 70p for an hour and £1 for the maximum stay of 90 minutes. This is set to change to 50p for 45 minutes and £1 for the maximum stay of 90 minutes.
And lorries would be charged £10 per night for Sands Lane Lorry Park in Dewsbury.
If the Cabinet supports the proposals, the new charges will come into force in June.