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AUTO NEWS – Councils slash highway budgets regardless of £165m enhance in parking revenues

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Councils slash highway budgets regardless of £165m enhance in parking revenues


Native councils have seen a £165m rise within the web income generated by their parking operations over the past 4 years, but have slashed spending on native roads by £400m over the identical interval.

Official figures present native authorities in England, Scotland and Wales made £847 million in web income from all types of parking expenses and fines in 2017/18, in contrast with £682 million in 2013/14. Adjusted for inflation, this represents a 10 per cent enhance.

But the quantity spent by councils on roads has decreased from £2.Eight billion in 2013/14 to £2.Four billion in 2017/18. This equates to a 21 per cent lower, once more adjusted for inflation.

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The evaluation, which comes from comparability web site Confused.com, exhibits native authorities in 101 out of 176 areas have elevated their web revenue from parking, 87 of which have concurrently lowered their highway spending. 

Newport was the authority that elevated its parking income probably the most over 5 years – rising from £16,000 to £306,000 – adopted by Leicester Metropolis and Havering. 

AuthorityWeb parking revenue in 2013/14Web parking revenue in 2017/18Share enhance (adjusted for inflation)
Newport£16,000£306,0001,645.7 per cent
Leicester Metropolis£631,000£3,658,000429.2 per cent
Havering£758,000£3,614,000335.2 per cent
Wrexham£-149,000 (value of providers exceeded income)£301,000284.Four per cent
Argyll & Bute£69,000£274,000262,5 per cent

One other notable instance is Westminster Metropolis Council, which made a £69 million web income from parking in 2017/18. Adjusted for inflation, this represents a 43 per cent enhance from 2013/14’s determine of £44 million.

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Some authorities did really enhance the quantity they spent on highway enchancment over the past 5 years. Hackney Council did so probably the most, growing its web roads spending from £7,422,000 in 2013/14 to £13,416,000 in 2017/18 – a 65 per cent enhance, adjusted for inflation. Nonetheless, this didn’t match the 83 per cent enhance in its parking income in the identical interval.

AuthorityWeb roads spending in 2013/14Web roads spending in 2017/18Share enhance (adjusted for inflation)
Hackney£7,422,000£13,416,00065.Zero per cent
Hounslow£10,049,000£17,342,00057.5 per cent
Tower Hamlets£2,753,000£4,559,00051.2 per cent
East Renfrewshire£7,051,000£9,925,00028.5 per cent
North-East Lincolnshire£6,481,000£8,315,00017.1 per cent

A separate ballot of two,000 motorists by Confused discovered 41 per cent of respondents had not observed any enhancements to the situations of the roads of their space, with 37 per cent saying they’re confused as to why extra is just not being executed to enhance highway situations. 

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, stated: “Whereas councils are justified in charging for parking and issuing fines for unlawful parking, many motorists are confused about why this cash isn’t being re-invested into our roads.”

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AUTO NEWS – Councils slash highway budgets regardless of £165m enhance in parking revenues
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