Park­ing charge cash is just fine

Coun­cil rakes in £ 30,000 in three months

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Michael Reynolds

Coun­cil chiefs have raked in more than £ 30,000 in park­ing fines in just three months – de­spite vow­ing to scrap the charges.

And the worst spot in South Ayr­shire for park­ing tick­ets is Burns Statue Square in Ayr, just yards from one of the coun­cil’s big­gest of­fices.

The in­com­ing SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion promised they would stop charg­ing for stays of two hours and un­der, copy­ing suc­cess­ful schemes else­where in the county.

But the coun­cil, helmed by SNP man Dou­glas Camp­bell, are now on track to rake in more than £ 100,000 in a year from the charges.

And with £ 17 mil­lion of cuts fore­cast, it could be tricky for the coun­cil to pass any plan to cut off the rev­enue stream.

Fig­ures re­leased fol­low­ing a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by a mem­ber of the pub­lic show the coun­cil is­sued 1,424 no­tices – worth £ 32,041 – be­tween July and Septem­ber.

Park­ing war­dens re­turned to South Ayr­shire in 2012 after ar­eas had been branded no- go zones for park­ing – and po­lice were forced to step in and is­sue tick­ets.

They handed out more than 1000 penalty charge no­tices in the first month after they re­turned.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said any net pro­ceeds from fixed penalty no­tices are re- in­vested in the ser­vice.

C o u n c i l l e a d e r Camp­bell added: “This ad­min­is­tra­tion will de­liver on the man­i­festo com­mit­ments of the SNP, Labour and In­de­pen­dent part­ners within the five- year term of the coun­cil, and work is al­ready un­der­way to take th­ese var­i­ous com­mit­ments for­ward. “This will be pro­gressed in con­sul­ta­tion with the peo­ple we were elected to serve as we work to set a clear and am­bi­tious di­rec­tion for the coun­cil that will en­sure we re­ally make a dif­fer­ence where it’s needed most.”

Park­ing strife Huge sums are be­ing coined in across var­i­ous coun­cil car parks

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