Parking charge cash is just fine
Council rakes in £ 30,000 in three months
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