Motorists can continue to park for free in several Calderdale car parks after a decision to delay introduction of charges until after Christmas.
Charges were scheduled to be introduced this month at the Dale Street, Oxford Street and Dalton Street car parks in Todmorden, and seven others around the borough, but due to work to alleviate parking issues in the Skircoat area of Halifax - near Calderdale Royal Hospital - taking longer than anticipated, the car parks will remain free for motorists to park until January 2014.
Geoff Willerton, Calderdale Council’s head of planning and highways, said: “The Skircoat parking scheme has been a very long and complex process.
“Uncontrolled parking around the hospital has been a long-standing problem, and increasing concern from local people led them to call on the council for improvements.
“It was essential for us to understand and take into account residents’ views, so we carried out nearly a year of detailed consultation and negotiation with them to make sure we got the scheme right.
“This, and recent junction improvement works in the area, has pushed back the entire programme of parking changes.”
The council is also delaying the increase in on and off-street parking charges across Calderdale until April 2015.
Coun Barry Collins, cabinet member for economy and environment, said: “The government is optimistic that the economy is picking up, but says there is still some way to go to reach pre-recession levels.
“With this in mind, we’ve decided not to increase parking charges across the borough until 2015, when hopefully our towns and villages will have fully recovered from the recession.”