Parking charges could cost motorists £1m

Oxford Street car park, Todmorden.

Oxford Street car park, Todmorden.

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changes to car parking arrangements could cost Calderdale motorists nearly £1 million over the next two years.

Calderdale Council says the changes are vital to meet new requirements and make-up a burgeoning shortfall in the car parking budget.

It has already been agreed that parking charges will go up in 2014 to raise an additional £245,000 but the council also looks set to introduce charges on another 14 of the borough’s car parks.

These include Oxford Street, Dale Street and Dalton Street in Todmorden, and the car park by Russel Dean’s in Burnley Road, Mytholmroyd.

Other measures include scrapping free parking on Saturdays and introducing a £1 charge.

Charges could also be introduced on streets around Calderdale Royal Hospital.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will be asked to set the ball rolling at its meeting on Monday, August 6.

Economy and environment spokesman Coun Barry Collins said: “It is not just about raising money but also about changing parking provisions and enforcement, while taking into account new user patterns.”

He said private parking operators had affected demand for council spaces, particularly in Halifax where there are now more spaces than vehicles to fill them.

“It is important to stress that we are not proposing to introduce or extend on street parking charges in towns outside Halifax,” he said.