Parking tickets net Lincolnshire County Council £50k

Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
Lincolnshire County Council offices in Lincoln. EMN-150909-170439001
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Lincolnshire County Council has more than £50,000 to spend on transport projects as a result of the “efficient” work of parking wardens.

Once the cost of parking enforcement for the 2014/15 financial year was covered, the council realised it had an unexpected surplus of £50,730.

The money, which came from parking tickets, is ring-fenced and has to be used on specific transport-related schemes.

The council took over parking enforcement from police in 2012.

A total of 2,778 parking tickets were issued in Grantham in 2014/15, which is less than in Stamford at 3,150. This compares with 183 in Bourne and 70 in Market Deeping.

The council’s executive member for highways and transportation Richard Davies said the initial expectation was that parking enforcement would run at a loss.

He added: “Because our officers run a very efficient service by keeping our costs low, we did actually record a surplus of £50,730 last year. Ideally we don’t want to issue any parking tickets and that is not profit. That surplus has been ring-fenced and can only be spent on specific schemes such as improving parking provision, environmental projects or other schemes relating to transportation.

“Currently we are working on a variety of such projects across the county, including the expansion of residents’ parking schemes in Lincoln and the introduction of residents’ parking in Stamford.

“It might be tempting, especially if you are in a rush, to ignore parking restrictions but it isn’t a risk worth taking. Please follow the signs and the lines and you will avoid the fines.”

At a recent full council meeting, Coun Davies said the money would not be apportioned directly to the areas where it was collected.