Posted by: westlancashirerecord | October 7, 2018

Sefton Council Wallowing In Cash From Parking Fees And Fines

Readers will be surprised by the cash accruing to Sefton Borough Council (SBC) from parking, cash that is steadily increasing. A combination of parking and penalty charges has seen them net more than £11,600,000 in the last three years .

The data, from a Freedom of Information request, found that the council collected more than £1,000,000 just from parking fines in the last year alone. Paid-for parking in the borough has been the subject of much controversy for many years and in Southport especially.

SBC claimed pay and display was initially brought in as a way of ensuring traffic flow rather than raising revenue (don’t they all!) but the charges have been increased during the last few years, as the council sought to make extra income from motorists as it tackles its budget deficit .

SBC claims “Like in every borough, parking fees and restrictions exist for a number of reasons. This includes ensuring car park space turnover for shoppers, the highway network is kept safe, residents can park close to their homes and to make sure traffic flows as freely as possible.

“We believe our charges are very competitive when compared to private operators and others in similar authorities. Any income we gain from charges and fines goes back into maintaining and operating the parking network, while any surplus contributes to funding public transport and concessionary travel”.

Well, that’s a new one. The local conglomerate of “Merseyside” which controls Merseytravel’s budget approved it in February 2017 and a government levy of £95,400,000 was agreed for 2017/18. The grant to Merseytravel to support its provision of transport functions including concessions was set at £92,000,000 and a separate grant of £27,700,000 was approved to support the operation of the Mersey Tunnels.

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