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Parking charges are providing huge cash surpluses for some English councils, according to the RAC Foundation.

The 359 councils across England had a total current account surplus of £565m from on and off-street parking schemes in 2011-12, according to the figures.

Eight of the biggest 10 surpluses came from London councils with Westminster leading the way with a £41.6m profit.

Westminster City Council disputed many of the figures but said it would work with motorists to reduce fines.

The other two councils outside London making the top 10 were Brighton and Hove in sixth with £14.4m and Cornwall in eighth with £7.9m.

The total profit represented a £54m increase on the surplus from 2010-11 and only 52 of the councils reported a deficit on their 2011-12 parking operations.

The RAC Foundation figures, produced for them by transport consultant David Leibling, are from the annual returns councils are required to provide to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

They are based on three factors - on-street parking charges, off-street parking charges and parking penalties.

Running costs of parking operations are deducted from this total to produce the surplus or deficit figure.

Top 10 parking surpluses

  • Westminster £41.6m
  • Kensington and Chelsea £28.1m
  • Camden £25m
  • Hammersmith and Fulham £19.5m
  • Wandsworth £16.1m
  • Brighton and Hove £14.4m
  • Islington £10.9m
  • Cornwall £7.9m
  • Newham £7.3m
  • Hounslow £7.3m

Source: RAC Foundation. Figures for 2011-12

Tackling congestion

Transport minister Norman Baker said: "The law is quite clear. Councils should not be pricing their parking in order to make a profit.

"Any monies raised from parking in excess of the cost of administration has to go back to transport purposes which can be dealing with potholes, improved road management or can be investing in public transport to encourage people to free up the roads.

Subtracting the money spent by councils on capital projects - such as fixing potholes or traffic schemes - the surplus for 2011-12 stands at the "still very large figure" of £412m, a spokesman for the RAC Foundation said.

Details of what the money is spent on is not provided to the Department for Communities and Local Government, he added.

While disputing some of the figures, Westminster City Council still signalled its intention to work with road users to reduce fines.

Local Government Association's David Sparks: "Local authorities are reviewing their parking charges"

Councillor Daniel Astaire, Westminster City Council cabinet member for business, said: "The system is already changing and councils are already looking to work with motorists to issue fewer fines and crucially increase the amount of people parking correctly.

"Parking is about traffic management, tackling congestion and trying to implement positive benefits for businesses and high streets.

"If we stay in this Jurassic age of pure rhetoric about cash cows and money making, innovation will be stifled and we cannot engage with motorists properly in order to find the best solutions that will benefit everyone."

Kensington and Chelsea Council made the second biggest surplus of £28.1m and a spokesman told BBC London: "There is a greater demand for parking spaces in Kensington and Chelsea than practically anywhere else in the country.

"The council has discretion on how to spend any surplus that may arise, within the allowable purposes provided for by Section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984."

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Havering Council had the second lowest figures in London, despite its surplus of £703,000 having gone up by £563,000.

A spokeswoman said: "These latest figures show our commitment to giving residents and visitors to the borough value for money, as well as showing our support for local high streets and as a result the wider economy.

"Despite being the third largest London borough, parking charges in Havering are still among the lowest in London and have stayed the same for several years. But in April this year, we cut prices even further."

'Cash cow'

Councillor Peter Box, chairman of the Local Government Association's economy and transport board, said: "Parking revenue is spent on paying for parking services.

"Any money left over goes towards transport services like filling potholes, concessionary travel and road improvement projects.

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"As the report makes clear, many councils have to subsidise parking services as the cost is not covered by charges.

"Parking charges and fines help councils keep traffic flowing and pedestrians and motorists safe."

On Wednesday, government figures showed that money made from parking charges and fines by English councils is set to continue to rise.

The councils expect that net income from parking services is likely to increase from £601m in 2012-13 to £635m in 2013-14.

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said: "This municipal parking profit shows why we need to review and rein in unfair town hall parking rules. The law is clear that parking is not a tax or cash cow for town hall officers."

Last week, the High Court ruled against Barnet Council's move to raise the cost of residents' parking permits in a landmark victory for campaigners.

Mrs Justice Lang ruled that the council acted unlawfully when it increased permit costs to generate more money for road maintenance.

 

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  • rate this
    -8

    Comment number 644.

    Free parking is one of the biggest perks going. Costs a fortune to build roads, and then some dozy dai comes and dumps a car on it.

    Car drivers aren't paying a fraction of what they cost the rest of us - it's not just the cost of the roads, it's the choking fumes and the damage they are doing to our children's planet.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 643.

    617.AM So you first basic assumption failed at the first sentence.

    In commerce organisations make money through trade. Government obtains money from the public and imprisons them if they refuse to cooperate. The public sector's only source of funding is from commerce and private individuals.I think you might want to reflect on that essential difference.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 642.

    The idea that parking charges reduce congestion is a complete con. In the days before charges all the parking spaces would be taken by shopworkers and the only people driving around would be locals who knew where the back street parking spots where. Now everyone thinks that there is a chance of finding a parking space so there is far more traffic. Parking charges are totally counterproductive.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 641.

    @117.
    "park responsibly and you have nothing to complain about"

    I thought this wasn't only about fines/penalties, but actual parking charges. It's just much too expensive in some places...so much so that so many people simply have no choice but to go to the large out-of-town
    supermarkets etc.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 640.

    The council is ther to serve and not intimidate and break the law. More worryingly where does all the money go? Please do not tell me back to the people.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 639.

    Its just another form of local taxation......

  • rate this
    -2

    Comment number 638.

    Local Councils should abolished.
    Surplus should be re-invested into the community but it ends up in Icelandic Banks or paying for jollies to 'twin towns' and other junkets.

    Allowing derelict and boarded up shops on high street to be converted into houses will be a start and please just abolish parking charges!

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 637.

    I thought that the new Prototype Happiness Index, you know the most recent B/S from the coalition Chuckle Brothers, nick & dave, would have meant that people would be delighted to be fleeced by councils?

    Surely as we have all been considered within the new "Prototype
    Happiness Index", that the idea is, no matter how we are shafted by Whitehall or our local councils, we are deemed happier

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 636.

    I don't really understand the logic in most top comments here. Regardless of whether or not there was free parking I would not park to do shopping. The cost of goods in shops tend to be much higher than those found online, as they do not have the overheads of the shop & staff. Would it really make that much of a difference to your choice?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 635.

    @621. portslade
    In Brighton and Hove I used to enjoy popping into town for an early evening drink or meal. Since they extended the residents parking times until 8pm I don't bother anymore.
    ----
    That's very wise, drinking and driving is not a good idea.

  • rate this
    -9

    Comment number 634.

    Good luck to them. They should milk parking fines as much as they can. Hopefully, keep rates down!

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 633.

    @619

    why do you think so many people shop online now. no point going to a high street if you can't get what you want. having said that out of town shopping centres like Bluewater don't charge shoppers to park and have a bigger range of shops - another reason why high streets are getting hammered.

  • rate this
    -34

    Comment number 632.

    While and I like admire Mr Pickles, I think if the councils have to charge what they are to deter inconsiderate parking then making a surplus is a good thing. I agree that council's prime motive in making parking restrictions and setting fines should not be for revenue, but in most cases I don't think it is.

  • rate this
    +15

    Comment number 631.

    I have no issue with sensibly enforced parking regulations, especially if the proceeds are reinvested to provide better public transport and repairing the roads. Unfortunately I doubt this is the case and that it just goes towards some councillors 'bun fight'

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 630.

    At last it is in the open. Two things are killing in town shops and businesses. 1) Pedestrianiation and more importantly 2) Parking is totally inadequate and where it exists far too expensive. Towns should be crossroads (literally) of shoppers, markets and commerce. With them comes a social and pleasant society. At present, who could be bothered with going into a town to shop, browse and meet.

  • rate this
    +19

    Comment number 629.

    Parking fines are a cash-cow - we should do away with private car-parking companies, revert to Traffic Wardens only (who have no financial incentive to issue tickets) and stop this business which is out-of-control.

  • rate this
    +6

    Comment number 628.

    Councils: Car parking keeps people away from city centres. Shops in city centres close, council loses rate revenue from shops. People have no reason to go to city centres. Councilors’ foreign “fact finding tours” with Twin Town becomes unaffordable. So remember, it's only your own free holiday your jeopardizing.

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 627.

    Blame the councils central GOVERNMENT is cutting council budgets,although what they take in parking fees is lost in business rates has SME are priced out of business,charge higher rates to supermarkets after all their profits does mean that their parking lots value has risen

  • rate this
    -5

    Comment number 626.

    Compare parking charges to the alternative. If it is cheaper to park in town than get the the bus, then the cost of parking is cheap. Too cheap in fact.

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 625.

    I pay £ 40 / year for a residents parking space outside my house - You only have to move away and casual parkers arrive, for a free hour to do their shopping etc.

    What about my £ 40, I've had to park in another street for an hour, and being disabled with a heart condition, where are the medics going to park !!
    The free parking should be abolished altogether and a charge per hour put on .

 

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    09:30: Chelsea win League Cup Final Phil McNulty Chief football writer
    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho claimed his first trophy since returning for his second spell as Chelsea manager with a comfortable Capital One Cup final victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

    John Terry and Diego Costa did the damage - both with the aid of deflections - either side of the interval as Spurs' hopes of repeating their success over Chelsea in this competition seven years ago never got off the ground.

     
  60.  
    09:25: Tube strike is "indefensible"

    A little bit more on the Tube strike scheduled for Saturday night for you.

    London Underground's chief operating officer, Nick Brown, has described it as an "indefensible strike" and said "you wouldn't let someone who had been drinking alcohol drive your family in a car, and we don't let people who have been drinking alcohol drive people's families in Tube trains."

    The RMT disputes the comments and said the sacked driver had failed a breathalyser test due to diabetes.

     
  61.  
    09:13: Mohammed Emwazi 'was bullied' BBC Radio 4 Today

    Ms Shuter said: "He had some issues with being bullied that we dealt with and by the time he got into 6th form he was a hard-working aspirational young man.

    "He wasn't a huge concern to us. He wasn't a particularly sociable young man, he didn't have a huge group of friends."

     
  62.  
    09:07: 'Jihadi John's' teacher: 'Shock and horror' BBC Radio 4 Today

    Jo Shuter, the former head teacher at the Quinton Kynaston academy, who taught Mohammed Emwazi , the IS fighter known as 'Jihadi John' told the Today programme that "hand on heart" she did not see any signs that he would be radicalised when she taught him from 2002.

    Jo Shuter

    She said: " I can't begin to say the shock and horror that I feel even when I hear his name. It makes the skin on the back of my neck stand up. The things he's done is so horrendous.

    "I did know him personally. My experience of him was that he was a quiet, reasonably, hard-working person who had caring responsibilities outside of school".

     
  63.  
    08:58: News on the hour BBC London 94.9 Radio

    The lead story at 09:00 on BBC London 94.9: The former head teacher of the school in St John's Wood where the man nicknamed "Jihadi John" was a pupil insists it wasn't to blame for his radicalisation.

     
  64.  
    08:50: 'Jihadi John's' former head talks Vanessa Feltz Presenter, BBC London 94.9

    The former head-teacher of the school in north-west London - where 'Jihadi John' was a pupil - has said it's not to blame for his extremist ideas. Jo Shuter said Quinton Kynaston academy prided itself on encouraging tolerance.

    Still from video showing "Jihadi John", who the British authorities have identified as  Mohammed Emwazi from London

    You can listen live on BBC London 94.9 and contact the team on 020 7224 2000.

     
  65.  
    08:41: 42% turn-out for strike vote

    RMT members voted by 299 votes to 221 to take action with a turnout of 42%.

    Tube train

    London Underground said the case had gone through a full disciplinary hearing and appeals process, as well as a separate independent director's review.

    Nigel Holness, the operations director on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, previously said: "Strike threats will not alter our commitment to safety, nor will they make us consider reinstating a driver who failed two alcohol breath tests."

     
  66.  
    08:34: Strike over breath-test failure

    The strike has been called over the sacking of a Tube driver who failed an alcohol breath test.

    The RMT said the type of breathalyzer did not account for people with diabetes, but London Underground said the driver had been dismissed for failing two random breath tests which were not affected by the condition.

     
  67.  
    08:29: RMT 'congratulates' strike voters

    The strike will take place on Saturday 7 March from 21:30 to 03:59 .

    The RMT's General Secretary Mick Cash said he "congratulated" all those who voted "yes" to strike.

     
  68.  
    08:22: Tube Strike announced BREAKING NEWS

    London Underground workers are to stage a short strike from Saturday evening over the sacking of a colleague, said the RMT union.

     
  69.  
    08:16: 'Jihadi John was cold and a loner'

    The Islamic State fighter known as "Jihadi John" was a cold loner who set himself apart from others, says an IS defector who met him in Syria.

    Mohammed Emwazi

    The BBC has spoken to a man who came across Mohammed Emwazi when he first arrived in Syria about two years ago. Unlike other Britons, Emwazi wanted to appear in IS videos, the man said.

    Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born UK citizen, from west London, has been named as the man in several IS videos where hostages have been beheaded.

     
  70.  
    08:11: Delays for motorists BBC London Travel

    High Road in Wood Green is closed southbound from Bounds Green Road following a collision and there are long queues.

    In Catford, the A205 South Circular remains closed between Catford Hill and the Catford Gyratory following a fire in the Copperfield Pub last night. Likely to remain closed until after the morning peak.

    For the latest information go to our travel page or follow us on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert.

     
  71.  
    08:05: Sunny spells and scattered showers

    This morning will see sunny spells and scattered showers. These will be heavy and also wintry in places.

    Any showers will become lighter and more isolated through the afternoon and long sunny spells will develop. There will be a brisk westerly wind with strong gusts at times.

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

     
  72.  
    08:00: Good morning Beth Rose BBC News

    Welcome to another week. I'm here until 18:00 bringing you all the latest news, sport, weather and travel for London.

    If you want to contact me with a story, comment or photo email or tweet @BBCLondonNews.

     

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