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Review of Haworth by Jeremy Owen-Lee on November 26th, 2011
My wife and I visited Haworth today and all its attractions. Its a quaint village BUT with a scorpian tail!!! We parked in the car park opposite the Wollen MIll which looked like a council car park ( but its not !!) We overpaid for a 2 hour period and unfortunatly like alot of people we were a little late back. When we returned to my car we found we were clamped and we had to pay £90 immediately or the car would be towed away and would then cost £450 to get it back. So wanting to get home on a cold wet november day I emptied my wallet and my wifes purse and paid up the £90 and got home. I wonder what would have happened if we could not have found the money............... I wanted to ensure the legality so I rang the police when I got home to find a very sympathetic call center person who told me the clampers are in fact operating legally. Its a privetly owned car park but they are reputedly overly agressive in the way they clamp and the police have recieved many many complaints. Apparently it has been such a problem that the issue has even made the local TV news!!! However on researching it appears none of the local business are concerned at all, as it doesn't really affect them, however I for one beg to differ. Its OK for the local business people take visitor's cash but I wonder why they are not concerned about the overall experience of tourists. The council can remove the clampers licence, should their be enough local support for the process, but apparently there are few if any local complaints. So I think people, vote with your feet and your wallet. My advice is, if you would like a pleasant, hassle free, clamping free day out in a lovely quaint village or town, go to Hebden Bridge instead. Its a lovely place with great pubs and resteurants. Plenty of council parking which is resaonably priced and reasonably policed. Or if you must go to Haworth always take an extra £90 (or soon to be £100 or maybe £120) to cover for unplanned extras!!! To the business people of Haworth, visitors will stop coming if this doesnt change!!! IF YOU ARE JUST ONE MINUTE LATE YOU WILL BE CLAMPED - IF YOU MIS PARK ALBEIT SLIGHTLY YOU WILL BE CLAMPED - BEWARE BEWARE BEWARE - GO SOMEHWERE ELSE AND RELAX.

Review of Haworth by Ian Bridgeman on July 5th, 2007
Enjoyed the parsonage and adjacent moors and pubs but don't go there. Over zealous parking officials and wheel clamping for pathetic reasons make it a place to avoid on balance

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