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Free on-street parking in Ilkley could end
10:49am Thursday 15th December 2011 in News
Free on-street car parking in Ilkley town centre could be scrapped by Bradford Council in a move condemned by ward councillors and business leaders Bradford councillors are studying proposals drawn up by officers to charge 60p per hour to park in one of Ilkley’s 100 on-street parking spaces during the day.
The authority says it will improve access to town centres and stimulate trade by creating a higher turnover of customers. But ward councillors claim the charges could be a threat to the “fragile” retail market, and could lead to more parking in residential streets.
Charges in Ilkley would generate £54,000 for Bradford Council each year, according to estimates. A report is to due to be studied by Bradford Council’s Keighley Area Committee tonight.
The review of parking charges is suggested as part of wider transport policies for the West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.
Councillor Anne Hawkesworth (Con, Ilkley) said: “It could be a threat to an already fragile retail market, but a possible bigger problem to residents in the area fringing the town due to displacement parking from those attempting to escape charges.
“The item going to the area committee states that this review is necessary to improve parking capacity. That’s a little disingenuous. This is undoubtedly to raise revenue.”
Read more in the Ilkley Gazette.