Council pocketed £2m from parking
Parking charges raked in nearly £2.5 million for South Lanarkshire Council last year, an increase of 8 per cent.
But that cash will not be invested in providing more parking in Cambuslang.
Figures from motoring group The RAC Foundation reveal £2.46m was generated from pay and display and parking penalties in 2015/16, up from £2.28m in 2014/15.
Of the £ 2.46m, cash generated through parking fines amounted to £738,000.
A total of 23,000 parking penalties were slapped on drivers, including those in Rutherglen and Cambuslang.
South Lanarkshire was seventh in the league table of local authorities generating the most cash from parking, reporting a £63,000 profit in the 2015/16 financial year.
This profit came after the cost of hiring 13 parking attendants and other costs of implementing parking restrictions. This totalled £ 1.84 million.
A spokesman for the council said, while the additional cash would be invested in the transport network, it would not be used to create additional parking in troubled town centres like Cambuslang.
He said: “The council currently has no plans to create additional parking in Cambuslang at this time.
“However, we are about to undertake a study into park and ride demand in the area.”
The council’s head of roads and transportation, Gordon Mackay added: “We have reviewed the RAC figures and note that parking income has risen by around eight per cent between 2014/15 and 2015/16.
“However, it should also be noted that expenditure over this same period has risen by 10 per cent.
“The council continues to review and invest in our transport network to meet the changing demands of our residents and communities.”
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Providing and managing the space for us to park our cars is not a cost-free activity for councils but controlling those costs is clearly important.
“By keeping the bills down and seeing a rise in parking income there has been a significant increase in the annual surplus, or profit, councils are making from parking activities.
“The good news is that this money must be reinvested in transport services including, Scottish drivers will expect, maintaining the road network.”
Local authorities across Scotland made a £40.3 million profit from their parking activities in 2015-16.
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