COUNCIL chiefs have defended a service designed to stop motorists parking illegally in Staffordshire after it was revealed it set taxpayers back nearly £200,000 last year.
The county council’s Civil Parking Enforcement service aims to keep streets clear of motorists parking illegally in order to avoid congestion.
Bosses have stressed the importance of the service but also admitted there was a need to reduce its cost.
Simon Tagg, the council’s cabinet member for transport, said: “The Civil Parking Enforcement service plays a vital role in deterring motorists from parking illegally which helps keep the county’s roads on the move.
“In 2012/2013 the service had a net operating cost of £189,000 and we also saw a reduction in the number of parking tickets issued. The arrangements are currently being reviewed to help find the best way of delivering the service in the future which provides the best value for money for taxpayers.”