East Lancashire councils parking revenue drop

Blackburn Citizen: East Lancashire councils parking revenue drop East Lancashire councils parking revenue drop

THE surplus that Lancashire councils made from their parking activities has decreased over the past year.

Lancashire was one of just 15 per cent of councils to make a loss on their parking activities, with a loss of £334,000, compared to a loss of £269,000 the year before.

The figures from the RAC Foundation are calculated by adding up the income from parking charges and penalty notices and then deducting running costs.

The council ranked 343rd out of 353 local authorities in terms of revenue generated from parking activities.

Blackburn Council did make a profit of £80,000, but this was down from £203,000 the year before, and the council now ranks in 286th place. Burnley Council also saw its profits drop from £321,000 to £286,000, which meant the council came in just above Blackburn, in 238th place nationally.

Overall, Lancashire bucked the national trend, which saw a five per cent increase in ‘profit’ made from day-to-day, on and off-street parking operations.

In 2012/2013, the total made by local authorities across the whole UK was £594 million, up from £565 million in 2011/2012.

Councils said there were a number of reasons behind the reduction in revenue. Paul Riley, Lancashire County Council’s parking services manager, said: “Our priority is to ensure people park sensibly to help make the county’s roads safer and to keep Lancashire moving.

“We have been working on making our services more efficient. Greater awareness of parking enforcement means that people are now taking more care over how they park.”

A Burnley Council spokesman said: “The reduction in revenue is down to a number of factors and reflects the current national economic situation.

“We monitor car parking income and revenue very closely.”

Blackburn Council said it believed the main reasons for the decrease was the closure of the market rooftop car park and the free parking initiative on council-owned car parks.

It added any revenue raised from parking fees was automatically reinvested into public transport and road safety.

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8:01pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Lurid67 says...

Or is it possible that peeps aint going into town with the car as often because of the war on motorists? Less cars equals less thieving oops parking charges and fines and less revenue, classic
Or is it possible that peeps aint going into town with the car as often because of the war on motorists? Less cars equals less thieving oops parking charges and fines and less revenue, classic Lurid67

8:42pm Thu 16 Jan 14

useyourhead says...

less people can afford to run cars!
less people can afford to run cars! useyourhead

9:09pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Excluded again says...

Or just fewer people breaking the law by parking illegally?

Easiest way to avoid a parking ticket? Don't park illegally.
Or just fewer people breaking the law by parking illegally? Easiest way to avoid a parking ticket? Don't park illegally. Excluded again

11:25pm Thu 16 Jan 14

burner says...

. . . . " Easiest way to avoid a parking ticket? Don't park illegally " . . . NO !!!, don't be stupid enough to go shopping in Blackburn where Dave Harling is on a personal mission to emulate the Cities of London and Westminster ( places where only the VERY wealthy drive ). Blackburn, the land of the Pound Shop etc. R.I.P.
. . . . " Easiest way to avoid a parking ticket? Don't park illegally " . . . NO !!!, don't be stupid enough to go shopping in Blackburn where Dave Harling is on a personal mission to emulate the Cities of London and Westminster ( places where only the VERY wealthy drive ). Blackburn, the land of the Pound Shop etc. R.I.P. burner

11:51pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

I've heard it's free to park on yellow lines in Whalley Range due to the consumers who live there helping the Labour Party for the last 50 plus years.
I've heard it's free to park on yellow lines in Whalley Range due to the consumers who live there helping the Labour Party for the last 50 plus years. Lancs - pensioner

11:43am Fri 17 Jan 14

s4awx123 says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
I've heard it's free to park on yellow lines in Whalley Range due to the consumers who live there helping the Labour Party for the last 50 plus years.
100% correct!
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: I've heard it's free to park on yellow lines in Whalley Range due to the consumers who live there helping the Labour Party for the last 50 plus years.[/p][/quote]100% correct! s4awx123

2:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Truth will out says...

“Our priority is to ensure people park sensibly to help make the county’s roads safer and to keep Lancashire moving"

I doubt even the most gullible will fall for that.

Your priority is to raise revenue for the Council.
“Our priority is to ensure people park sensibly to help make the county’s roads safer and to keep Lancashire moving" I doubt even the most gullible will fall for that. Your priority is to raise revenue for the Council. Truth will out

10:40am Sat 18 Jan 14

pdb951 says...

If you want to continue destroying tow centres continue harassing motorists. Easy isn't it
If you want to continue destroying tow centres continue harassing motorists. Easy isn't it pdb951

9:54pm Sat 18 Jan 14

shytalk says...

People are now parking in Yorkshire
People are now parking in Yorkshire shytalk

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