Millions of pounds in profit made from parking in Dorset

Millions of pounds in profit made from parking in Dorset

Published by Maria Greenwood at 10:50am 27th November 2019.

It's been revealed how much money council's in Dorset made from parking charges last year.

Government data shows the former Borough Council in Weymouth and Portland made £2M in profit in 2018-19.

This was the highest profit the council has made from parking since 2010-11.

All the profit made by the council last year came from off-street parking, such as local authority-run car parks.

Parking Machine Dorchester

West Dorset raked in £1.5M 

This was 24% less than the previous year, when it made £2 million.

The drop in profits made from parking in West Dorset bucks the trend across England, where profits hit a record high of £936 million.

The AA says many local authorities see drivers as a "wallet on wheels", and has accused some of using parking fees to plug budget gaps.

David Renard, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, said councils were on the side of motorists and shoppers, and that parking policies aim to make sure there are spaces available for residents, high streets are kept vibrant and traffic is kept moving.