North Yorkshire Councils Hit Back Over £8.5 Million Parking Profits
6:45am 2nd August 2013
Councils in North Yorkshire are hitting back after being criticised for making more than £8.5 million profit from car parking charges.
“Civil parking enforcement is most emphatically not about making a profit,” said County Councillor Gareth Dadd North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways; “the primary objective is to dissuade motorists from contravening parking restrictions for the safety of pedestrians, road users and for traffic management.
“North Yorkshire is England’s largest county with 9,000 km of roads and lanes and any excess we make on parking charges is re-invested in our considerable highways and transport demands and infrastructure.”
Meanwhile Tony Clarke, transport manager at City of York Council, said: “Council budgets are not set to have a surplus from residents’ parking. Any income made from other parking charges are put directly back in to supporting the council’s transport service.
“City of York Council’s Resident’ Parking permit basic charge has remained the same for the last four years, and equally York’s visitor permits have remained low and we charge only £1 for each ticket (when you buy five tickets for £5). Whilst we have increased day time charges for our off street car parks, we have kept evening charges free for residents and at the same price for non-residents since 2008/9.
“Parking in York has a strategic importance and influence upon the city’s economic and transport performance. Without an adequate transport system and network the economic vitality of the city would be restricted. Management of parking including the pricing helps to keep issues such as congestion in balance, encouraging the use of public transport, cycling and walking. The recompense is that York has one of the best Park&Rides in the country, at a modest price, and with part of the income we help to maintain an extensive local bus network and continue to maximise our city’s appeal.
“Our aim is to push for a more pedestrianised and sustainable travel city. Being car free is one of the things that attracts people to visit York and spend money.”
The list of profits made by councils in our area in 2011/12 were:
- East Riding of Yorkshire - £645,000
- Hambleton - £181,000
- North York Moors National Park Authority - £176,000
- North Yorkshire - £2,165,000
- Ryedale - £488,000
- Selby - £160,000
- York - £4,763,000
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