Bromley Council made £4.7million surplus from parking charges in 2011/12

PUBLISHED: 18:00 05 August 2013

Bromley Council earned £4.7million from parking charges in the financial year 2011/12, new figures reveal.

The haul, up almost £300,000 from the previous year, put Bromley inside the top 30 councils nationwide in terms of profitability.

Despite earning more than 18 other London boroughs, Bromley Council maintain their parking charges remain lower than in neighbouring boroughs.

Cllr Colin Smith, executive for environment, said: “It’s good to have an opportunity to comment on this as a large amount of nonsense has been spoken about parking charges in recent days which really shouldn’t be allowed to pass unchallenged.

“It is a fact that Parking Charges remain lower in Bromley than in any of our neighbouring Boroughs by intent and design as part of our efforts to support local businesses as best we can, whilst at the same time preventing all day parkers from blocking up neighbouring roads which they otherwise would do were there to be no restrictions or charge.

“The money generated by the Parking Account is used to part fund the Borough’s statutory ‘Freedom Pass’ scheme which as most people know serves the Borough’s more senior citizens.

“In either event, were parking charges to be cut, Council Tax would have to go up to offset the financial shortfall.

“Are people really saying that non car owners and users of public transport should have to shoulder that liability?”

Nationwide councils made a surplus of £565million.

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