Bingley residents with views on Bradford District Council’s proposed imposition of evening and Sunday car parking charges in the town can contact Town Councillors Joe Wheatley and Andrew Quarrie with their comments.

The councillors, who both represent Bingley Central ward, will be collating feedback about the planned charges to include in a report to be discussed at the next Town Council meeting on 27 March at Eldwick Church Hall. In addition, residents and traders can make their comments directly to Bradford Council.

The proposed changes in Bingley are new charges at the Bradford-run car parks at Main Street, Queen Street, Ferncliffe, Waterloo, Wellington and Bingley Arts Centre – a £1.00 evening charge Monday to Saturday 6.00pm to midnight and a £1.00 all day charge on Sundays.

Cllr Ros Dawson, chair of Bingley Town Council, said: “The surprise announcement has been met with criticism by many who fear that the new charges will be a barrier to visitors to the town and have a negative impact on Bingley’s shops and businesses.

“I urge everyone to make their views known. We have been told by Bradford Council that people can object for any reason they believe the changes should not be implemented. They can also suggest an amendment.”

An objection period is now open and comments can be registered individually by writing to legalobjections@bradford.gov.uk by12.00 noon on the 23rd March 2018.

Residents can also send their objections or comments to Cllrs Joe Wheatley or Andrew Quarrie (joe.wheatley@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk / andrew.quarrie@bingleytowncouncil.gov.uk) by the same deadline. Please put ‘car parking objection’ or ‘car parking comment’ (for those wishing to comment rather than object) in the subject line of the email.

Bingley Town Council has been granted an extension to the objection period and will therefore be considering a report at its meeting on 27th March and responding formally the following day.

Bradford District Council has said that all objections received will be responded to individually. All the objections will be presented in a report for senior officers. An executive committee will then determine if the order is to be progressed, removed or amended.