Should councils charge for car parking?

It is an often discussed subject and one which has been in the local news recently. Kirklees have revealed the figures in respect of income that is generated from their car parking schemes.
Many traders in Batley and Birstall Cleckheaton and Brighouse feel that more free parking would greatly benefit the local community. Shops rely upon trade and keeping the car parking free in the town centres ensures that people are more likely to visit and to use their local stores.
It is controversial and often is discussed at council level where the introduction of parking charges is suggested. We support free parking within the town centres of Birstall Batley Cleckheaton and Brighouse and believe that it is important to make your feelings known to your local councillors and MPs to ensure that this continues.