motorists help earn council £501k surplus from parking costs
District Council has been ranked 181st out of 359 UK councils
in a report that features a league table of those councils which
have earned the biggest cash surpluses from parking charges.
motorists have helped to boost the bank balance of the council,
according to the new report from the RAC Foundation which has
been generated from the annual returns that councils provide to
the Department for Communities and Local Government.
figures are based on three factors - on-street parking charges,
off-street parking charges and parking penalties - while the running
costs of parking operations are deducted from the total to produce
the surplus figure.
the last financial year, Sedgemoor's income from parking tickets
was £819,400, while season tickets brought in £59,600
and penalty charges generated £58,900 - making a total income
of £937,900. Since its expenditure on car parks was £436,514,
the result is a surplus is £501,386.
spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "In Sedgemoor,
any surplus is used on discretionary services such as parks, dog
wardens, floral displays, play areas and equipment and beach wardens."
the £501,386 surplus from car parking fees was not used
for services, an additional 11% would have to be added to every
residents council tax bill to pay for those discretionary
the budget consultation, carried out in autumn 2012, 65.2% of
respondents said that Sedgemoor should look to increase other
sources of income, such as car parking charges, rather than council
tax to pay for local services."
added that off-street parking does not fall within the 1984 regulations
and we are not acting illegally.
District Council own and operate 18 off-street car parks with
a total of 1,691 spaces.
Burnham, those parking spaces are in the High Street, Oxford Street,
Pier Street East, Pier Street South and Pier Street.
2011/12, English councils had a total current account surplus
of £565 million from their on-street and off-street parking
operations. This is a £54 million increase on the £511
million surplus in 2010/11, said the RAC Foundation. It added
that the figures showed that just 52 (14%) of the 359 councils
reported a deficit on their parking operations in 2011/12.
Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: "For
many local authorities, parking charges are a nice little earner.
Not all authorities make big sums. Several run a current account
deficit and indeed of those with surpluses many will see the money
vanish when capital expenditure is taken into account."
the bottom line is that hundreds of millions of pounds are being
contributed annually to council coffers through parking charges."