Leeds & West Yorkshire

Kirklees parking permit charges scrapped

A plan to charge for residents' parking permits in parts of West Yorkshire has been scrapped.

Kirklees Council approved the introduction of a £30 charge for all permits in June to save about £260,000.

The council - which covers Huddersfield, Batley and Dewsbury - has now agreed it is not the "right climate" for the new charge.

Other ways to cover the costs of administering the permit system will now be considered.

Measures could include more parking enforcement and introducing new pay and display areas.

The charge was to have been implemented in August but the introduction was withheld while discussions were held.

There are 160 parking schemes in Kirklees with 4,350 resident permits and 4,325 visitor permits in circulation.

Residents can apply for one permit and one visitor permit.

Many of the permit parking schemes were introduced to alleviate on-street parking problems close to town centres, hospitals and Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium.

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