So its not really about keeping the traffic flowing and the streets clear really ... is it Councillor ?
£10,000 a week in parking fines.... but it's still not enough, says council
11 August 2008
By Michael Peel
DRIVERS have forked out more than £10,000 a week to Calderdale Council in parking fines.
The figures for the council's first full year in charge of parking show it netted £556,000 in fines for 2007/8 – and a total of £2.8 million in income and fines.
But deputy council leader Stephen Baines said the authority should be making even more money from parking fines.
Mr Baines (Con, Northowram and Shelf) said: "We are unable to recruit all the officers we need to enforce regulations, which means we are not raising all the income we should from fines."
He added: "We could issue tickets outside every school if we had the staff to do it."
The council is hoping to privatise the jobs of 21 parking wardens in a bid to deal with the recruitment problem. The latest report shows that although one in seven parking contravention notices was either cancelled or written off, it still left 15,000 drivers each with a bill of between £30 and £60.
The council took over responsibility for parking from the police in November 2006. And it has now begun a huge review of parking spaces, fees and enforcement – expected to take a year to complete and cost £40,000. The review will look at the way charges are fixed, how they are enforced and whether parking fees should be the same in all towns.Charges for residents' permits, park-and-ride schemes, the availability of car parks and whether they should be privatised will all be discussed by the parking review working party.
Public consultation is expected to take place next year. The council's mid-term financial strategy indicates "an above-inflation incre-ase in parking income" to raise at least £200,000 extra in 2009/10.
It also expects to raise an additional £50,000 from parking fines but Mr Baines said there would be no increases before the outcome of the review. A number of wardens' jobs were left unfilled last year to try to make ends meet but the parking budget still ended the year £120,000 in the red.
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