Parking charges should be scrapped
Residents and traders of the Calder Valley are expressing their disappointment after parking charges that were seemingly to be abolished at the beginning of the new financial year are still in force across the area.
Extra parking charges were introduced in car parks around Brighouse, West Vale, Ripponden, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden in January. After a long campaign against the charges, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors managed to overturn the decision to impose the charges at Calderdale Council’s Annual Budget Meeting on February 24. As such, 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) was removed from the council budget from April 6. Residents and traders have campaigned against these charges ever since they were first proposed by the Labour-run council 18 months ago.
Conservative and Lib Dem councillors managed to overturn the decision to impose the charges by removing them from the council budget. It is therefore completely unacceptable and ludicrous that the council has not taken immediate action to remove the charges now that we are in the new financial year. An excuse for the inaction from council officers at the recent Brighouse Ward forum suggested that the council don’t have enough bags to cover the new machines! A real ‘jobsworth’ answer, from what is becoming a council of inaction and apathy.
In Brighouse over 2,500 residents signed a petition which has been dually disregarded by the Labour leadership. I would go as far as saying 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.
This sounds to me to be becoming yet another example like Halifax Central library, where the wishes of local residents are completely ignored by our inept council leadership.
Residents and traders are demanding that the charges are removed immediately and that the misery that the charges have brought to traders and residents alike is brought to an end.