A town centre charity which helps and supports families is appealing for help over car parking.

Yorkshire Children’s Centre, based at Brian Jackson House next to Huddersfield Railway Station, has lost its parking land as work begins on the TransPennine Route Upgrade.

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As work crews move in, Yorkshire Children’s Centre (YCC) has lost the use of Network Rail-owned land at the back of Brian Jackson House which the charity has used for 35 years.

This move means that YCC have restricted rights to access the back of their building, for pre-arranged deliveries only.

The land was previously used for deliveries, staff parking and an entrance for service users amongst many other things.

YCC ultimately only own and have a legal right to access the land which the building sits upon – and not an inch more.

CEO Mark Farmer (above) said: “We completely support the upgrade to the railway service for Huddersfield, as part of the wider regeneration of the town and wider Kirklees.

“We have worked closely with Network Rail and its partners to maintain some access but are looking for alternative parking arrangements to help our employees and building users.”

YCC’s head of children and family services, Catherine McKenzie, said: “In terms of service delivery, we have already been impacted by simple things such as access into the building which has affected delivery of our much-needed child safety equipment.

“This has resulted in precious staff time being utilised to make alternative arrangements rather than spending time supporting families.”

YCC continues to operate within Brian Jackson House including delivering services on site such as Stay and Play, Child Contact and Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programme work.

The charity is now appealing for any individuals or local organisations who may know of any free parking opportunities or who may have a few parking spaces to spare close to Brian Jackson House to get in touch with YCC to help support the charity’s work.

To learn more about YCC and the impact it delivers across communities to young people and their families, CLICK HERE.