I am glad there has been a decision to suspend the introduction of car parking charges in Mytholmroyd.
Councillor Tony Hodgins has done a fantastic job in spearheading this campaign. Personally my mind was changed on parking charges following a recent visit to flood hit areas in the Upper Valley as part of my work on the Economy and Environment scrutiny panel.
We heard with our own ears how businesses were still struggling a year on from the floods, and a year on from having supported the charges I found I couldn’t any longer.
The suspension will give one part of Calderdale struggling from the floods a reprieve, but we must work together to build a stronger economy across the borough. As a Liberal Democrat I am passionate about building a stronger economy and a fairer society that enables everyone to get on in life.
One way we can do this is to push relentlessly for jobs, not just on our high streets but also in our fields and factories. Here in Calderdale we have seen an extra 5,580 apprenticeships since 2010, apprenticeships that will give young people a chance in life, apprenticeships that will equip people with practical skills, apprenticeships that will get Britain working again.
Despite the negativity of the doom mongers the economy is now starting to grow again, and unemployment is starting to fall.
This is a massive achievement given the unprecedented global financial crisis. If we put our heads together we can bring down the cost of living and give people the opportunities they need to work themselves out of poverty.
Coun James Baker,