16th August- By Issac Ashe

The city council says the Workplace Parking Levy money has driven up the total parking income has raised £20.9 million for Nottingham City Council – the second highest figure in the UK, according to newly-released statistics.

Only Brighton and Hove raised more in 2015-16 – a massive £28.7 million – according to Click4reg.co.uk, which compiled the figures.

The Nottingham total was a six percent rise on the previous year’s income.

But the city council says the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) money has driven up the total for Nottingham, and with that not included in the figures, the total would be £11.6 million, placing it down in ninth overall in the table, between Guildford (£12.1 million) and Leeds (£11.2 million) local authorities.

Nottingham City Council portfolio holder for neighbourhood and local transport Councillor Sally Longford said:

“This report mistakenly includes the WPL which is unique to Nottingham and is ring-fenced by law to fund particular transport projects.”

“So remove that and we in fact receive less revenue from parking than many major cities like Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol – £11.6m.”

“The WPL income makes up the vast majority of our total in this report – but when the so-called ‘surplus’ from our day-to-day parking charges is fairly compared against others – our overall ‘surplus’ is actually £5m, meaning Nottingham is ranked outside the top 10 and way down the table.”

“Our car parks and parking spaces are busy which shows a thriving city centre and that our charges are appropriate.”

“And of course, having the award-winning WPL means we can further improve the alternatives to the car that are already include the expansion of Nottingham’s tram service, the redevelopment of Nottingham Station, and the ongoing running of the city’s popular Link Bus services.”

The total figures across the UK came in in excess of £1.5 billion in 2015-16, with £483 million raised by on-street tickets and permits alone. A Local Government Association spokesperson said:

“Parking charges and fines are essential to help councils keep traffic flowing and pedestrians and motorists safe.”

“Councils do not make a profit from on-street parking.”

“All income from charges and fines has to be spent on running parking services and any surplus goes on essential transport projects such as tackling our £12 billion national roads repair bill, providing subsidised bus travel for children or elderly residents and creating extra parking spaces.”

Elie Fakhoury, managing director at Click4reg.co.uk, said:

“Parking charges, especially those considered excessive, are certainly an emotive issue.”

“Look at recent news: holiday-makers imposing on residential parking just to avoid paying a charge at Luton Airport.”

“Yes, parking charges can be laughable – but they are necessary.”

The top 10

  • Brighton and Hove (£28.7m)
  • Nottingham (£20.9m)
  • Birmingham (£18.3m)
  • Bristol (£16.5m)
  • Cornwall (£15.7m)
  • Manchester (£15.5m)
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne (£15.1m)
  • Milton Keynes (£13.8m)
  • Guildford (£12.1m)
  • Leeds (£11.2m)

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