'Shoppers in Haworth being caught out by new car park rules'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Julie Rhodes, who runs a hardware store near the car park Julie Rhodes, who runs a hardware store near the car park

A new system at the Bradford Council car park in Haworth is still catching out shoppers who fail to qualify for 30 minutes’ free parking by not getting a ticket on arrival.

Changes were introduced at the end of the summer and enforced from November 13 at the Gas Street site, ending a well-known practice which depended on drivers’ honesty.

Previously, it was not necessary to obtain a ticket if only staying for half an hour.

And while visitors may well check the tariff sign, many locals are unaware and are being hit with £25 fines.

Haworth, Crossroads and Stanbury Parish Council deputy chairman Peter Hill said bigger signs were needed to explain the procedure.

“If people are used to parking there for 30 minutes without a ticket, then they are not going to be looking at the main board,” Coun Hill said.

“Bradford Council should put up some big signs to say ‘press the green button, get a ticket and 30 minutes’ free parking’.”

Gatehouse vets, on Mill Hey, has a warning sign on its front door because of instances where visitors have ended up being fined.

Simon Thomas, a partner in the Gatehouse group, said: “There was virtually no public information to highlight the change and we have dealt with a number of clients who have been distressed by this.

“They are already anxious when they arrive with a sick animal and may have been using that car park for ten years or more and so do not notice the changed sign.”

Julie Rhodes, who runs the hardware store across the road, said she always warns visitors popping into her shop to get a ticket “The thing is that old habits die hard and people are so used to parking there for 30 mins that they are getting caught out,” she said. “It seems like the council are targeting it and trying to make money.”

A Bradford Council spokesperson said: “We had a new payment machine and new signage installed at the car park about six weeks ago making it clear that people now need to get a ticket for their first free half hour.”

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8:07am Thu 12 Dec 13

Apollo says...

Why does anyone go to Haworth?
Why does anyone go to Haworth? Apollo

10:12am Thu 12 Dec 13

Albion. says...

It is entirely the fault of the person parking, just like it was when good old Ted and his boys were forced to slap the clamp on. You can go on lots of public car parks and find cars not displaying tickets.
It is entirely the fault of the person parking, just like it was when good old Ted and his boys were forced to slap the clamp on. You can go on lots of public car parks and find cars not displaying tickets. Albion.

11:01am Thu 12 Dec 13

The Local Observer says...

Think the point being raised is aimed more at locals ?
Previously the carpark could be used for upto 30 mins without a ticket. Whereas the same local folk may nip in to park and not realising the change in regulations, hence the increase in fines.
Think the point being raised is aimed more at locals ? Previously the carpark could be used for upto 30 mins without a ticket. Whereas the same local folk may nip in to park and not realising the change in regulations, hence the increase in fines. The Local Observer

11:04am Thu 12 Dec 13

The Local Observer says...

Apollo wrote:
Why does anyone go to Haworth?
Think you'd be pleasantly surprised if you was to take a stroll down the very festive Main Street after dark at this time of year.
Well Done to the community of Haworth.
[quote][p][bold]Apollo[/bold] wrote: Why does anyone go to Haworth?[/p][/quote]Think you'd be pleasantly surprised if you was to take a stroll down the very festive Main Street after dark at this time of year. Well Done to the community of Haworth. The Local Observer

12:17pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Seems Peter Hill and his parish council not communicating with the locals.
Seems Peter Hill and his parish council not communicating with the locals. Joedavid

1:16pm Thu 12 Dec 13

johnhem says...

The Local Observer wrote:
Think the point being raised is aimed more at locals ?
Previously the carpark could be used for upto 30 mins without a ticket. Whereas the same local folk may nip in to park and not realising the change in regulations, hence the increase in fines.
local people get fined when their road has been re-classified with a 30mph limit when it was 40mph, its up to them to see the new signs and what it used to be is no excuse. if the council has put up a sign like it says its up to the user to read them.
[quote][p][bold]The Local Observer[/bold] wrote: Think the point being raised is aimed more at locals ? Previously the carpark could be used for upto 30 mins without a ticket. Whereas the same local folk may nip in to park and not realising the change in regulations, hence the increase in fines.[/p][/quote]local people get fined when their road has been re-classified with a 30mph limit when it was 40mph, its up to them to see the new signs and what it used to be is no excuse. if the council has put up a sign like it says its up to the user to read them. johnhem

5:58pm Thu 12 Dec 13

sinking fast says...

Got to sympathise with the poor people of Howarth regarding parking. Everybody you talk to is terrified of going to Howarth due to the historic parking nightmares.
Got to sympathise with the poor people of Howarth regarding parking. Everybody you talk to is terrified of going to Howarth due to the historic parking nightmares. sinking fast

8:29am Mon 16 Dec 13

baildoner says...

good job julie is such a good person ..... phil from baildon
good job julie is such a good person ..... phil from baildon baildoner

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