Data shared by Herefordshire Council indicates how much the council made in parking fines in 2019/20.
This was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which had a significant impact on the number of parking fines issued, with free parking offered across the county for several months, to help support key workers.
The Council has thirty nine car parks (approximately 4,500 spaces) across the county most of which are chargeable and have around 2 million visits a year.
There are also over 1600 on-street parking spaces available in the main centres of the county, most of which are currently free and generally controlled by means of limited waiting restrictions. However some of the on-street parking spaces in Hereford are subject to parking charges.
Herefordshire Council says on its website that ‘parking charges are in place to ensure the effective management of parking, including the turnover of spaces to help with availability, reducing congestion and improving air quality.’
‘In general terms the council’s parking policy seeks to support the council’s aim to encourage the use of alternative and more sustainable modes of transport to the private car such as walking, cycling and public transport. However, it is recognised that, in a predominantly rural county like Herefordshire, many journeys will continue to be undertaken by car and as such the overall supply of parking needs to be sufficient to support the economic vitality of Hereford and the market towns.’
Financial Summary from Herefordshire Council:
‘All income and expenditure in connection with the council’s on-street charging and all of its enforcement activity, both on and off-street, is governed by section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 as amended. This required that any surplus is used for specified purposes, namely the provision of car parking facilities, public transport road improvement projects or environmental improvements.
‘The financial information that has to be provided for this report does not include the car park income. If the CEOs did not patrol the car parks and carry out basic front line repairs to the pay and display machines, it is likely that income would be much lower as there would be no incentive to pay the parking charges.
|PCN income off street (car parks)||145,722||252,840||220,492|
|PCN income on-street||297,470||444,074||422,182|
|Resident parking permits||87,433||83,714||83,940|
|On-street pay and display||146,041||355,535||274,532|
|Supplies and services||58,843||67,220||63,244|