15:43 Friday 20 December 2013

Parking charge income for council is reducing

Written byHELEN KREFT

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A COUNCIL has made more than £130,000 in parking fines in the last financial year – a figure which is falling each year.

From 2012 to 2013,East Staffordshire Borough Council made £133,900, with an expenditure of £128,200, and in the latest figures, from April 1, 2013, to September 30, 2013, it issued a total of 1,345 parking charge notices (PCNs), with 914 paid and 234 cancelled. There are 196 still in progress.

In a report to Staffordshire County Council’s joint Staffordshire parking board, the council, it was revealed that the council made £182,000 in 2011 to 2012, and £224,000 in 2010 to 2011.

Taking into account its expenditure, last year the council was in deficit, but has now climbed back into surplus.

A spokesman for East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “We are one of only two councils in Staffordshire whose account operates in surplus.

“Operating at a surplus allows for the Joint Parking Committee to prioritise and fund highway improvement schemes. It is not a profit - it forms a reserve that is available only for investing in highways improvements.”

The borough council has also reported that on street offences are high around Belvedere Road, Burton, with 55 issuances between April 1, 2013 and September 30, 2013 mainly due to visitors and outpatients trying to avoid parking charges on the Queen’s Hospital car park.

Another high area was Uxbridge Street, Burton, which had 76 issuances in the same period, with the council reasoning it could be because its close proximity to the town centre, the increase in vehicles per household, the number of shops and businesses and also the length of the street.

It reported that the cancellation rate has increased slightly to 17 per cent compared to the last quarter and the reasons for this could be down to the training of new officers and void tickets. There have been 22 cancellations for disabled driver’s first offence and 21 for tickets face down. PCN’s cancelled due to machine faults has reduced from 24 to 4.

Parking was again causing problem and visits by officers resulted in 20 PCNs being issued outside the schools, with 10 of these being issued on the same day outside St Modwens, in Belvoir Road.

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