Councils rack up car park profits

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Kettering Council has made a surplus of more than £1.1 million in the last three years from car parking charges, according to new figures.

Despite the income, the authority was still ranked in 222nd place out of 359 councils across England.

Money made by councils from car parks has been revealed by the RAC Foundation

Money made by councils from car parks has been revealed by the RAC Foundation

The data, provided by the RAC Foundation, showed that Kettering made a surplus of £387,000 in 2011/12, £407,000 in the previous year and £350,000 in 2009/10.

However, those figures do not include any capital charges the council incurred – such as repairs.

Kettering made by far the highest sums out of authorities in our area.

Corby Council, which only charges in certain car parks, made a £5,000 loss in 2011/12 while Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire Councils, which do not charge at all, incurred costs £284,000 and £67,000 respectively.

Corby, East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough were three of only 52 councils which reported a deficit, according to the RAC Foundation.

East Northamptonshire Council leader, Cllr Steven North, said: “We’ve always been proud to offer free parking in all of our towns and hope that everyone will take advantage of this and enjoy the great shops, restaurants and events that our towns have to offer.”

By way of comparison, Northampton Council made a surplus of £1.4 million from parking charges in 2011/12.

Westminster Council, in London, made the highest surplus of any authority in the country at £41.6 million.