Coun­cil pock­eted £2m from park­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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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