Parking fees hiked as road budgets are cut
MORE than three out of five councils in England have slashed their roads budget by an average of £500,000 this year.
Analysis of 363 local authorities by the AA found that 62 per cent cut their total highways and transport spending between 2016 and 2017. The average for 2017/18 is £11.6 million compared with £12.1 million in the previous 12 months.
Although the average shortfall in road budgets was £500,000, some councils saw their funds slashed by millions. Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield combined authority had the biggest cut in its allocation – down by more than £40 million from last year (see table, right).
To offset the cuts, more than 200 authorities plan to increase income by raising fees for public parking and residential permits. Westminster Council expects to raise an additional £12 million in parking revenues this year.
AA president Edmund King said: “Drivers will be frustrated that in many councils the extra income raised from charges won’t be reinvested in improving local roads.”