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Halifax town centre parking fines to be refunded

Up to 7,000 people, fined wrongly for parking in a West Yorkshire town centre, will be able to claim a refund.

Calderdale Council has lifted on-street parking charges in Halifax town centre after a traffic regulation order was found to be invalid.

The error means the council cannot legally enforce fines for people who failed to pay on-street parking charges since 2008.

Drivers issued with a fine can apply for a refund online, the council said.

Parking meters

The traffic order relates to charges for on-street parking spaces and to a parking scheme in Skircoat, which includes on-street parking bays and parts of the residents' permit scheme.

The authority said it had stopped issuing penalty charge notices and was switching off parking meters in the areas.

It has not said how much it might cost to pay the refunds, but the council's Conservative leader said the sum could be "considerable".

Stephen Baines said: "If somebody didn't pay, we'll have forced them to pay - so if we're in the wrong, we should meet that commitment."

He said the council was reviewing all traffic regulation orders across Calderdale to ensure they were correct.

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