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Ilkley parking: Controversial changes come into force TODAY

Ilkley parking: Controversial changes come into force TODAY

Published by Lisa Darvill at 7:01am 29th July 2019.

Controversial parking changes come into force in Ilkley today. 

It's despite opposition to the scheme from some residents and councillors, who're concerned about the impact of the changes.

The changes include be on-street car parking charges, permits for residents, and increased fees at South Hawksworth Street car park.

Other measures include:

• A new taxi rank on Station Road
• New disabled parking bays
• Limited waiting areas
• No waiting at any time in new locations

A full list of the changes can be found on Bradford Council's website.

Earlier this year, District Councillor Anne Hawkesworth, said the problem - caused by unregulated parking and demand for spaces - needed fixing, but this scheme was not the right way forward.

Speaking to Stray FM, Anne said: 

"I don't believe what's been produced is the solution. 

"All they're doing is kicking the problem down the street. 

"What's happening with this scheme is they're producing zones that are radiating away from the railway station. the next station down the line is Ben Rhydding. 

"Commuters are just going to park in Ben Rhydding, so Ben Rhydding is going to have the issue." 

A Bradford Council spokesperson, said:

“The new parking scheme in Ilkley, which has been developed in response to longstanding complaints from residents who have struggled to park outside or near their homes for many years, will be implemented on 29 July 2019.

"Residents will start to see the work that is being done to bring on-street parking changes and resident and special permits for businesses in to place over the coming weeks.

“We will be contacting those affected by the changes imminently to let them know about the resident permits as well as those for business parking and how they can apply for the ones that are relevant to them.

"Permits for residents will be free and the special permits for business will be free for the first six months, after which we will review how the scheme is working.

“The changes that we are making came out of an independent report by transport consultants, Steer, Davies & Gleave that was commissioned by the Council and will make it easier for residents to park near their home and make improvements to the management of parking throughout the town centre.

“One thing we have tried to be really clear about is that we will continue to monitorthe situation closely once the changes come in to effect and if we need to make further alterations to ease any issues around parking then we will do.”