I confess it’s all true. I’m sitting atop chestfuls of motorists’ cash here in the Town Hall while looking at banks of screens which enable me to direct crack squads of parking wardens to pounce on unwary drivers who have fallen foul of our draconian parking laws.
Okay, it’s a false confession, but one that many people would find easy to believe given the way councils are portrayed when the thorny issue of parking revenues are reported. Evening Standard 23 Dec 2013 London councils accused of ripping off drivers with £502m parking revenues
And while there’s no getting away from the fact that as a borough we receive the second highest amount of parking revenue, there are sound and sensible reasons why this is the case. Our shops, restaurants and museums are nationally (and in some cases internationally) famous and draw large volumes of traffic to the borough. More traffic equals more parking equals more revenue. Continue reading