COUNCILS COIN IN £17M FROM PARKING FEES
COUNCILS across the region made almost £17MILLION in profit from parking last year. Heading the list is Manchester, which made nearly £10m from motorists.
New figures analysed by our sister paper the M.E.N. show the authority is by far the most successful in the region in making money out of motorists.
By comparison, Rochdale council made just £17,000 profit from parking and Oldham council just £40,000 in 2017/18.
In the past decade, the cost to councils for providing parking has fallen slightly, while the amount of income from ‘sales, charges and fees’ has risen, data shows. Manchester made £9.4m last year, an increase of around 20 per cent. Trafford was the second highest with £1.7m, a rise of nearly 75pc.
Across Greater Manchester there is marked difference in how much councils charge.
Parking in Manchester’s ‘Zone 1’, the area around the town hall and the bottom of Deansgate costs £6 for two hours, Monday to Sunday between 8am and 8pm.
On Drake Street in the centre of Rochdale, parking is free for the first three hours, Monday to Saturday between 8am-6pm and then costs £1.60 up to six hours.
Driving organisations criticised the rising profits, claiming it leaves motorists with less money to spend on struggling town centre high streets and accusing councils of using parking profits to prop up other services.
A Manchester council spokesman said: “Parking enforcement is essential to help ensure the safe and efficient flow of traffic and keep the city moving, with revenue received from fines reinvested in highways projects.”
Coun Martin Tett, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, said parking is spent on running parking services, with any surplus only spent on essential transport projects, such as tackling a national £9bn roads repair backlog, and on other projects that benefit high streets and local economies.