Parking yields extra £200,000

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 January 2013

James Franklin

NORTH Somerset Council collected an extra £200,000 from car parking charges across Weston’s seafront last year.

In response to Secretary of State Eric Pickles’ order for councils to be more transparent with its local people, the authority has revealed the latest figures for the town’s car parking cash.

For the year 2011/12 the seafront, Marine Parade, Clifton Sands, North Sands Uphill and Royal Sands brought in £742,993 from motorists, compared to the £537,790 it collected in 2010/11 – totalling an extra £205,203.

The local government secretary has ordered authorities to open up car parking charges to the public, as well as council perks, spending and charities.

Figures for Weston’s off street parking also show that North Somerset has collected £71,532 less than the total for 2010/11.

Latest charges have come in at £967,000 compared to the previous year’s £1,038,542.

The proposal also means that all local authorities will be required to openly publish their spending, which comes to more than £500, online including, tenders, contracts, councillor expenses and meetings.

Mr Pickles said: “We are ending an era of bureaucratic accountability and replacing it with a more open era of democratic accountability. As part of the initiative we will expose a great council cash cow cover-up unmasking punitive parking practices that hit residents in the pocket.

“We’re calling time on local war against motorists - now, more than ever, we need to encourage more people onto the high street.”

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