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The Parish Council have been informed by City of Bradford Metropolitan Council that with effect from 2nd March 2018 the changes to the car parking fees in the Wilsden Pay & Display Car Park  on Main Street are as follows:                                                             

Monday - Saturday 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.   Up to 1 hour 30p;  Up to 2 hours 60p;  all day £1.50.

If residents wish to make a formal objection in relation to the new legal order this can be done by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The closing date is the 23rd March 2018 at 12.00 noon.

Please find below the parish council's response to Bradford Council regarding the changes to the car parking charges in Wilsden.

  

Ref: Your email dated 7th March 2018

 Date: 8th March 2018

 Ms Michaela Hall

Parking Services

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Harris Street Depot, Harris Street

Bradford, BD1 5UH

 Dear Ms Hall

  Further to our letter sent on 2nd March requesting that the decision regarding changes to Car Parking Fees in Wilsden be deferred pending further Asset Transfer negotiations we note your prompt response for which we are grateful, if not disappointed.

 However, with regard to your proposals for Wilsden we most strongly object both in general terms but more specifically to the proposed withdrawal of the free 30 minute period.  This will have a seriously deleterious effect on both residents and businesses in the centre of the village as there is extremely limited on-street parking available.

 Wilsden is a community striving to maintain a varied mix of vibrant services and retail premises and we are certain that the proposed changes will undermine our ability to maintain this by deterring shoppers who will drive out of the town to supermarkets that offer free parking.

 Because of the dearth of both on-street and off-street parking in the centre of the village one half of the car park has been given over to long stay parking which allows free parking for a period up to 12 hours.  This is used principally by the cottages fronting Main street where there is no alternative appropriate parking.

 To introduce a charge of £10.50 a week to continue to use this facility will seriously add to the traffic problems experienced on the Main Street, as residents will seek to avoid this charge by parking wherever they can.

 An alternative scenario is that long stay parkers who are prepared to pay the charge will take over the carpark, leaving little or no provision for short stay shoppers.

 Feedback received over the years tells us that parking problems in the village are the source of major concern to many Wilsden Residents.

Wilsden Parish Council objects in the strongest possible terms to any proposals for changing car parking regulations that would be a major detriment to both the residents and businesses in Wilsden.

 Yours sincerely

 Gail Denham

Parish Clerk, Wilsden

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Thank You.

At our Parish Council meeting in February we agreed a budget for the year 2018/19. It was decided that we will spend £57,027 of which £53,210 will be raised through the precept, paid at the same time as your Council Tax. This means that the average council tax payer will pay £29.72 per year, which is an increase of £1.86 per year or 6.7%. In preparing this budget we have aimed to keep spending as low as possible, taking account of the areas where residents have asked us to make improvements. We believe that a precept costing 57p per week for the average house is good value for money for Wilsden residents and even the most expensive houses will not have to spend more than £1.15 per week.

The cost of running the council will remain the same as this year so all increases in spending will be to deliver services to our residents.  We expect to spend a further £5,000 to finalise our Neighbourhood Plan although some of that money could be spent during this financial year. Virtually all the spending so far on the Neighbourhood Plan has been covered by grants but we have now spent all the money available to us. Overall only 20% of the cost of producing the Neighbourhood Plan will have come from the precept when it is finalised. As the grants that the parish council makes to community groups becomes more well-known we are receiving an increasing number of requests for funding and we have increased the money available here. We have also increased our grants to Wilsden Village Hall and we will spend more on managing the green spaces around both Wilsden and Harecroft. This will include Wilsden Park and also other areas where we can improve the visual appearance. A copy of the detailed budget is available on our website.

We are very conscious that as Bradford Council makes cuts in the services that it delivers to our area there are demands on us to consider taking over some of these services and usually provide them more cost effectively than was the case previously. Looking at Bradford Council’s spending plans for the next two years there will be major cuts in street cleansing and youth services in 2019/20. We will be proactive in looking at the implications for the Wilsden area and investigate what it would cost for Wilsden Parish Council to maintain or improve the current level of service. Once we have established the potential impact for the precept level from April 2019 we consult as widely as possible to establish what residents want and what they are prepared to finance.