Council denies parking profit rise
FIGURES claiming Bristol City Council had made an additional £1 million from parking charges last year have been rubbished by the authority.
Research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said the council made more than £2.6 million between 2010 and 2011 but that last year the figure rose to almost £3.6 million.
But the council say that the figures are nowhere near the amount their books say, which is an increase of £148,000.
The council says any increased revenue has been raised after it widened out its enforcement to more areas of the city using camera cars and remote enforcement.
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A spokeswoman for Bristol City Council said: "These figures do not match the council's published accounts.
"In 2010/11 the all-inclusive income for Parking Services was £3,755,000. In 2011/12 it was £3,903,000. The variance is just £148,000 or 3.95 per cent. It is impossible to comment further without understanding more about the figures and where they came from."
The IAM figures for Bath & North East Somerset said the authority made almost £1.5m more this year.
But a spokesman for B&NES said car parking charges had actually reduced through a combination of the economic downturn, the privatisation of the Southgate car park as well as the fact the council had frozen car parking charges.
He said that the council had in fact taken £800,000 less from car parking charges last year.
In South Gloucestershire the council had a deficit of £613,00 this time year while two years ago the council also lost £512,000.
A spokeswoman for South Gloucestershire said she could not understand how the figures had been collated.
The IAM took data from the Department for Communities and Local Government to compile the tables.