Residents of Huddersfield are being reminded that parking charges are to resume from next Monday (11th Jan).
Parking was made free by Kirklees following the end of the first national lockdown in June 2020 in a bid to encourage more people to shop local and take advantage of the opportunities on offer for leisure and retail.
The initiative, which proved popular, was then extended until the end of 2020 and extended again for the first week of January 2021 – which is longer than any other neighbouring authority.
Cllr Naheed Mather Cabinet Member for Environment and Highways said: “We’ve learnt a lot from offering free parking, both positive and negative. Parking charges are not all about bringing in extra money, they also allow us to make sure there are enough spaces for everyone who needs them, a successful town centre economy requires a regular turnover of people visiting and spending money. At the moment some of our bigger carparks are being used exclusively by people working in town, making it harder for shoppers to find a space.”
Kirklees Council have said that they will continue to monitor parking and make decisions about specific locations on a case-by-case basis. For more information on Kirklees Car Parks visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/parking.