600-name petition and 200 letters opposing fresh parking charges handed in to council

A petition containing 600 signatures and an additional 200 letters objecting to the introduction of more parking charges in Todmorden and about permit systems have been handed to Calderdale Council.

Collected by businesses who fear more charging will result in shoppers and visitors staying away from Todmorden, they were handed over to council staff at Todmorden Community College last Friday, ahead of last Monday’s deadline for submissions.

Some of the Todmorden traders hand in their petition and individual letters of opposition to car parking charges in the town

Some of the Todmorden traders hand in their petition and individual letters of opposition to car parking charges in the town

One of the businessmen, Colin Lyall of Lyall’s Bookshop, said: “There has been a lot of support for this campaign in the town, and interest in it from visitors too.

“The thrust of what we want is to have a public meeting with the council to express our views and offer alternatives to their proposals. We would want members of Calderdale Council to be there. This is only the beginning of the campaign.

“We want to get a more targeted response to members of the council, and of Todmorden Town Council to open up the debate,” he said.

The campaigners - who include businesses and residents - have been upset by Calderdale Council’s decision to introduce charging on three car parks which have been free to park - Dale Street, Oxford Street and Dalton Street.

They are also concerned about permits, with some Cambridge Street area residents trying to get their permit scheme removed.

The council says charging is being introduced to help make car parks self-financing and could boost business by deterring commuters for occupying spaces all day.

Permit charges cover the cost of running the schemes, it says.