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Cornwall Council clocks up £10m in parking charges

Cornwall Council clocks up £10m in parking charges

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 24th November 2019.

Cornwall Council clocked up nearly £10 million in profit from parking charges last year, according to new figures.

The AA says many local authorities see drivers as a 'wallet on wheels', and has accused some of using parking fees to plug budget gaps.

Parking services in Cornwall raised £9.7 million in profit in 2018-19, according to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data.

This was roughly in line with the figure for the previous year.

All the profit made by the council last year came from off-street parking, such as local authority-run car parks.

But on-street parking cost it £303,000.

"When it comes to parking charges, many councils see drivers as wallets on wheels.

"At a time when budgets are stretched, raking in parking fees seems to be a tool used to try and fill the councils’ coffers.

"Some of the incomes are eyewatering, so drivers want to see that cash reinvested in local roads to eliminate potholes and poor road markings."

Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA

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The steady profits made from parking in Cornwall bucks the trend across England, where profits hit a record high of £936 million.

This was an increase of £63 million from the previous year.

You can find all the source data here.

"Cornwall Council is one of the largest Unitary Authorities operating many more car parks than other local authorities.

"The Council manages 133 pay and display car parks and a number of other free car parks, with the 24,000 spaces in our car parks used over 6 million times a year.

"Without the income from car parking charges, the Council would need to increase council tax to generate the same amount of funding to help maintain Cornwall's 7,300km road network.

"Making the best use of our resources and targeting funding to where it is most needed has enabled us to ensure that Cornwall’s roads are some of the best in the country – the Council is rated as amongst the top 25% in the country for keeping our main roads in good repair.

"We are well aware of the importance of car parking to local communities which is why we have introduced free evening and overnight parking in many of our car parks, and reduced rates and season tickets for regular car park users."

Cornwall Council

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