South Warrington car parks being used as 'cash cow'

Pepper Street Car Park in Lymm

Councillors complaining when charges were brought in

First published in News

LIBERAL Democrat Clr Brian Axcell has accused the Labour administration of turning Lymm and Stockton Heath car parks into ‘cash cows.’

Off street car parks turned in a profit for the council of more than four times the figure from the previous year.]

 Income generated at the four car parks in Stockton Heath and Lymm was £87,550 out of a total £104,000 surplus.

However throughout 2013/2014 the council’s car parking service had a shortfall of £142,000; meanwhile Residents Parking Zones lost £90,000 for the council.

Clr Axcell said: “Targeting a single area to fund the parking service is grossly unfair to South Warrington residents, whilst damaging business activity and creating immense problems with on-street parking.

“It is time for the labour councillors to stop favouring their own areas and adopt the ‘One Warrington’ approach led by previous Lib Dem administration.”

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1:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

grey-area says...

It will be interesting to see if revenue now falls due to the new charges. I don't park there now. It's the only way to protest. Unfortunate for local businesses, most of which have now disappeared anyway.
It will be interesting to see if revenue now falls due to the new charges. I don't park there now. It's the only way to protest. Unfortunate for local businesses, most of which have now disappeared anyway. grey-area
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1:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Karlar says...

Is WBC parking 'managed' or 'overseen' by the same team that failed so miserably to manage the various garage and parking sites across the borough, so much so most had to be sold off because that team failed to maintain the sites or structures and failed collect the rents incurring more council losses? Why are are losses of the order of £90k being allowed to accrue in Residents' Parking Zones? Does this figure include uncollected rents? What measures are being introduced to make good the shortfall?
Is WBC parking 'managed' or 'overseen' by the same team that failed so miserably to manage the various garage and parking sites across the borough, so much so most had to be sold off because that team failed to maintain the sites or structures and failed collect the rents incurring more council losses? Why are are losses of the order of £90k being allowed to accrue in Residents' Parking Zones? Does this figure include uncollected rents? What measures are being introduced to make good the shortfall? Karlar
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