Sheffield Council’s parking profits rise, new figures show

Money being inserted into a car park meter in Sheffield City Centre
Money being inserted into a car park meter in Sheffield City Centre
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Sheffield Council’s profits from parking charges leapt from £1.793 million in 2010/11 to £2.493m in 2011/12, new figures reveal.

Figures obtained by the RAC Foundation showed the council’s profits from parking fees and fines rose by almost 40 per cent.

But profits fell from £981,000 to £552,000 in Barnsley, and from £470,000 to £296,000 in Doncaster.

Rotherham had a rise from £247,000 to £352,000 but profits also fell from £1.309m to £1.262m in Chesterfield, and North East Derbyshire went from £32,000 profit to a £54,000 loss.

Sheffield’s increased profit came from expansion of bus gate enforcement, residents’ permit zones and increased on-street and car park parking charges.

Sheffield Council said the proceeds has been used for transport projects – and its profits are much lower than in other large cities.

Leeds made £6.8 million and Manchester £6.3m in 2011/12.

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