New traffic order for Halifax town centre to be published after parking fiasco

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REVISED traffic enforcement plans for a Yorkshire town centre will go on show next week after a previous scheme was abandoned.

Calderdale Council, which was embarrassed earlier this year after a blunder, says that work on the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) for Halifax town centre is “well underway”.

On street parking charges were lifted on October 8, after it emerged that some of the local authority’s TROs cannot be legally enforced.

A temporary TRO, which allows the council to enforce time limits on parking bays, has been in place since November 7.

Calderdale Council’s director of economy and environment, Ian Gray, said: “We have now drafted the permanent TRO for Halifax town centre and have put right the errors which were made in our previous order. The next step is to publish our proposals and give people the opportunity to respond with their comments. We expect that the new TRO will be ready by mid-February 2015.”

Notices showing the proposals for the new order will be available to view on street in Halifax town centre from next Friday.

The notice is a legal requirement which marks the start of the 21 day public consultation on the new order.

There are no proposals to make any changes to the designated parking or loading spaces, or to any of the parking restrictions which were previously in place under the old TRO.

The council is also proposing to reintroduce all pay and display charges in all marked parking bays at the previous rate of 50p for up to 30 minutes; £1 for up to one hour; £1.50 for up to 90 minutes and £2 for up to two hours. Charges will apply between 8am and 6pm from Monday to Saturday, excluding bank holidays.

To comment on the proposed order email: or call 01422 392171.