Council launches free Christmas parking

Calderdale Council

Christmas shoppers will have a little more change left in their pockets after Calderdale Council announced free Saturday parking will be introduced at four car parks in Halifax town centre from 15 November 2014. 

It will be free to park all day every Saturday until Christmas in the Council owned car parks in Victoria Street, High Street, Cross Hills and Mulcture Hall Road. The usual tariff of 50p an hour or £1 all day will not be applied. 

Calderdale Council’s Director for Economy and Environment, Ian Gray said:

“Halifax is a great place to do your Christmas shopping, with our wide range of local independent shops, national chains and beautiful Victorian market.   

“By introducing free all day Saturday parking in our car parks, shoppers don’t need to worry about exceeding the time limits for our on-street parking, they can stay as long as they want.” 

 Although on-street parking charges in Halifax town centre were lifted on 8 October 2014 after it became clear that the Council’s traffic regulation order (TRO) cannot be legally enforced, charges are still in place in the Council’s car parks.   

A temporary TRO, which came into force on 7 November 2014, has allowed the Council to enforce time limits on parking bays.  This has re-introduced short stay on-street parking in Halifax town centre, limiting stays to one or two hours.  Drivers will need to check the on-street signage to make sure that they do not exceed the time limits.

On-street parking charges in Halifax town centre will continue to be suspended until a permanent TRO is introduced early in the New Year. 

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