17:09 Thursday 10 January 2013

Council pockets £875k in car parking charges


EAST Staffordshire Borough Council raked in £875,000 in parking fees last year, it has been revealed.

The sum was the net revenue made by the council from on street and off street car parking during 2011/12, with the majority coming from car parks across the borough.

The figures were released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists, who blasted the amount of money being made by local authorities from parking revenue.

But the council defended the amount of money it earned in parking fees, confirming that the amount had dropped by more than £100,000 on the previous year.

It also insisted their charges are in line with other authorities up and down the country.

Robert Hardwick, deputy leader for regulatory services at East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “The council’s net revenue from parking actually fell from £983,000 in 2010/11 to £875,000 in 2011/12.

“These figures relate to a combination of on street and off street car parking, where the majority of the income comes from our car parks

“The council’s tariffs are comparable with other similar local authorities.”

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