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5:00pm Monday 26th August 2013 in News
WYCHAVON District Council made a £1.4 million surplus from car parking charges in one year, new figures reveal.
It is among councils in Worcestershire which have been accused of “profiteering”
from car parking.
The findings, from the RAC Foundation, have led to criticism town halls are making too much money from parking fees.
Council chiefs have defended the budgets, saying the surplus money is not viewed as profit and by law has to ploughed back into running parking services and infrastructure.
Wychavon’s figure for the 2011/12 financial year compares to £2.3 million for Worcester City Council and £86,000 for Malvern Hills.
The authority said its surplus goes back into worthwhile schemes, including a contribution to the bridge repairs in Evesham.
Councillor Bob Banks, cabinet member for finance, said: “We offer very competitive parking compared to elsewhere. I was in south Oxfordshire the other day and the difference was like day and night.
“It’s too simplistic to suggest this extra money is being retained. It has to go into next year’s budget and in some cases we’ve put money back into other schemes, like the bridge.”
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