The Haslemere Herald leads this week with an article Motorists being taken for a ride.
CLAIMS that Waverley motorists are being treated like “cash cows” have been triggered by a RAC report revealing the borough council generated a £2.2m surplus from off-street parking at the last count.
Figures analysed by the RAC Foundation showed that in 2011-12, English councils had a total current account surplus of £565m from their on and off-street parking operations – a £54m increase on the £511m surplus seen in 2010-11.
The latest data is based on annual returns to the Department for Communities and Local Government, and includes revenue from on-street parking permits, off-street charges and parking penalties for 2011-12.
The huge sums being made from local authority parking were revealed just days after a judge declared Barnet Council had acted illegally in trying to set charges to raise general revenue, rather than as part of its traffic management plan.
For full story, see this week’s Haslemere Herald.
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