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Reductions in road investments despite an increase in cash from parking charges

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Published by May Norman at 7:52am 9th January 2019.

Income from parking charges increase but reductions in North Yorkshire road investments 

  • Money spent on improving North Yorkshire's roads drops by 20%
  • That's despite income received from parking charges increasing by 8%
  • It's a different picture in West Yorkshire - investment in locals roads reduced by 28%
  • Coupled with a 22% drop in cash received from parking charges

Income from parking charges has risen across North Yorkshire over the past five years, but the council has reduced spending on road improvements.

North Yorkshire County Council spent 20% less on the regions roads last year when compared to 2014 - yet it's income from parking's increased by 8%.

However, in West Yorkshire - investment in the roads is down 28% but money from parking charges has dropped by 22%.

The figures have come from price comparison site Confused.com who carried out analysis of council data.

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Breakdown of figures

North Yorkshire

Over the past five years, North Yorkshire County Council increased the money it makes from parking - BUT it reduced spending on the roads at the same time.

In 2013/2014, North Yorkshire County Council spend £34.6 million on road improvements.

This figure dropped to £30.1 million in 2017/2018.

In total, that's a difference of 20.6%.

At the same time, the money received from parking increased.

In 2017/2018, North Yorkshire County Council received £8.6 million in parking charges.

That's an increase of 8.2% when compared to 2013/2014 when income from parking stood at £7.2 million.

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West Yorkshire

It's a slightly different picture in West Yorkshire.

Spending on the county's roads - which include Ilkely and Otley - dropped from £97.1 to £75.7 million.

Simply put, that's a big drop of 28.9% in net spending on road improvements.

However, unlike North Yorkshire, income from parking charges actually dropped.

During the last five years, West Yorkshire councils received £15.3 million - when compared to £18.1 million in 2013/2014.

That's a reduction of 22.8%.

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The national picture

The annual surplus produced from council parking operations has risen by £165 million over the past five years despite cuts in road improvements.

Some £847 million was generated from the parking activities of Britain’s local authorities during the 2017/18 financial year.

This is up from £682 million in 2013/14, the analysis of council data by price comparison site Confused.com indicated.

The investigation also suggested that the money spent by local authorities on repairing roads fell from £2.8 billion to £2.4 billion over the same period.

A survey of 2,000 motorists found that 54% want to see money from parking fines used to fund improvements in road conditions, and 43% do not know where the money is actually being spent.

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