‘Pay to park’ will begin in autumn

Oxford Street car park, Todmorden.
Oxford Street car park, Todmorden.

Pay and display charges will be introduced at three Todmorden car parks later this year.

From the autumn, motorists will have to pay to park in the Dale Street, Oxford Street and Dalton Street car parks, which currently offer free parking.

The charges are being introduced to contribute towards the cost keeping them clean and maintained.

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “We are introducing the charges to help make our car parks self-financing.

“The money raised through parking charges will be used to pay for the administration of our car parks and to ensure that they continue to be safe and kept in good repair.

“Hopefully this policy should also provide a welcome boost to local shops and businesses.

“Commuters regularly park all day in these well used car parks and shoppers and visitors often struggle to find a space.”

The car parks, which are all long stay, will have a tariff of 40p per hour.

Charges will apply from Monday to Saturday between 8am and 6pm.

Parking on Sunday will be free.

People with a disabled badge will be exempt from the charges.

Calderdale Council is advertising the changes by displaying a parking places order at each of the car parks.

People can object to the changes in writing within 21 days of the order being advertised.

Objections should be sent to: Planning and Highways, Calderdale Council, Northgate House, Northgate, Halifax, HX1 1UN, by August 12.

Alternatively, email highwaysandengineering@calderdale.gov.uk.

The decision to introduce parking charges was made by cabinet in August 2012.