Bradford Parking Fees Increase Again

Read all the details of the price changes here.

It will cost more to park in a number of car parks throughout Bradford district from next month, as Bradford Council raises parking charges.

Numerous cars parks will see increased fees as part of changes that were approved during the Council’s 2018/19 budget setting earlier this year.

And the new charges will take effect from June 18.

Many of the car parks will see the cost of parking for an hour or less rise by 10 or 20p.

Although mainly affecting short stay car parks, some all day car parks will see increased charges.

The cost of parking in Gas Street car park in Haworth will rise from £1.50 for a full day to £2.

And the cost of parking at Ian Clough Car Park in Baildon for a full day will also rise from £1.50 to £2.

In the city centre the St Thomas car park on Wogan Street will rise in cost from 60p for an hour to 70p, from £1.20 for two hours to £1.40 and from £1.80 for up to three hours to £2.10.

At Shipley Pool the cost will rise from 50p for an hour to 70p.Parking for two hours will rise from £1 to £1.40 and to park for up to four hours it will cost an extra 80p – from £2 to £2.80.

The same changes will be introduced at Scott Street car park in Keighley.

At Bingley Arts Centre parking for an hour will rise from 50p to 70p, for two hours it will rise from £1 to £1.40, and for three hours the rise will be from £1.50 to £2.10.

And the cost of parking at Ferncliffe Road in Bingley will rise from 50p for the first hour to 70p, from £1 for two hours to £1.40.

The increased costs come as the Council looks to make £13.5 million in savings for the 2019-20 financial year. Most departments are being cut, with only Children’s Services and Adult Services being protected.

Earlier this year Conservative Leader on the Council Cllr John Pennington (Cons, Bingley) called for the Council to scrap parking charges in a bid to boost the district’s flagging high streets.

He argued that shoppers should be able to park in car parks and on street parking spaces nearest shops for free, but that such spaces should have two hour maximum parking restrictions.

At the time Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “Parking across Bradford district is among the cheapest not just in West Yorkshire but the whole country.”

He argued that issues like online shopping were harming high streets more than parking charges, and that regeneration projects such as the creating of a new market building on Darley Street would do more to restore high street footfall than free parking.

He also said some charges hadn’t changed for over 10 years.

Cllr Pennington’s motion was voted down at a full Council meeting in January where Cllr Ross Shaw added: “There is no such thing as free parking.

“If charges were scrapped there would be a black hole in our finances of £2 million which would have to be filled by business rate payers. We would also still need to staff these car parks. Free parking won’t attract more people to some areas, because there won’t be any free parking spaces for them.”

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