Leeds & West Yorkshire

Calderdale parking fees plan reversal backed by councillors

Plans to scrap parking charges at 10 sites across Calderdale and evening parking charges in Halifax have been approved by councillors.

The West Yorkshire council's cabinet voted on Monday to remove the fees.

The cabinet was meeting for the first time since the council's Labour administration was ousted in July.

Conservative council leader Stephen Baines that if the decision was not called in for review the charges would be removed in September.

Charges to park in Halifax town centre between 18:00 and 20:00 were introduced on 27 January, along with charges at car parks in Brighouse, West Vale, Ripponden and Todmorden.

Mr Baines said: "We are the only town in West Yorkshire where you have to pay to park after 18:00 which is damaging a lot of businesses in Halifax town centre.

"If it is not called in the charges will be removed in the first week of September."

Since their introduction £38,000 has been collected from the 10 car parks, however, a council representative said it was not possible to say how much had been collected through evening parking charges in Halifax.

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