Parking blunder: Council investigate if Hebden Bridge meters are legal

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Motorists could be set to receive compensation from Calderdale Council after it was revealed this week that on street parking charges had been introduced unlawfully.

The council has launched a lengthy review into traffic regulation orders around the borough, including in Hebden Bridge.

It was announced this week that the council has made a legal mistake that will cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds, after it was admitted that parking orders in Halifax town centre have been illegal since 2008.

Around 7,000 parking penalty charge notices which were given to motorists using on street pay-and-display spaces in the town centre and the neighbouring Skircoat were found to be illegal following administrative errors.

Over the next few months, the council will investigate the “detailed, complex documents” to assess whether the same mistakes apply to other TROs in Calderdale, including Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Mytholmroyd.

Off street parking applies on Valley Road and Hangingroyd Road in Hebden Bridge and residents have voiced concern about various problems with the enforcement of the TROs.

Claire Guest, of Smudge Nail Boutique, on Valley Road, said she has had to run out numerous times during appointments to top up tickets on customers’ cars.

“It is scandalous with what happened in Halifax. They put these things in place and they can’t even enforce them. It will be interesting to see what happens here.”

Kim Johnson, who works in a laundrette in Hebden Bridge, pays around £4 a day to park on Valley Road.

“It is a lot of money and I have to bring washing to work so I can’t park on Burnley Road.”

The Council will continue to issue PCNs where cars are parked on yellow lines, in loading bays, in disabled bays and in car parks.

If you would like further information please go to www.calderdale.gov.uk where you will find a Frequently Asked Questions section or contact the council via ParkingChanges@calderdale.gov.uk email address.

A dedicated hotline has been set up to deal with the issue. For more information, ring 01422 392171.