News may have reached you already that Kirklees made the decision last Thursday to close the Alfred Street Multi-storey Car Park with effect from last Friday due to safety concerns about the building. It will not re-open during the festival.
As this is the usual car park used by everyone going to the town hall it leaves many people in a quandary about parking not least the 5000 people who are due to come to the town hall for the festival over the next ten days.
Please allow extra time if you are coming into town by car as parking will be further away from the Town Hall than the multi-storey. You may wish to look at the alternatives of public transport or car sharing if these are options for you.
I have been in conversation with Kirklees officers and they are sympathetic to our concerns. Discussions have been undertaken with the car park providers about lengthening time allocations and costs and I am delighted to say that the bus station (Upperhead Row) car park will now stay open until midnight each day.
The nearest alternative parking for the Festival is Wilkos car park – although this is relatively small and will fill up quickly. Kingsgate is probably the next nearest although this closes at about 6pm. The Civic Centre car parks – accessed on the road by the police station (Albion Street) are also near to the Town Hall. Springwood, the sports centre and Cambridge Road are further away.
There is all day on-street parking on the two roads leading off the top of Chapel Hill – Chapel Street and Milford Street and large car parks further down Chapel Hill both on Firth Street and at Folly Hall.