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Great Yarmouth Borough council makes more than £50,000 from parking fines in a year

PUBLISHED: 09:43 19 October 2018

A parking ticket on a windscreen. Great Yarmouth Borough Council has made £50,000 from fines this year. For: EDP/EN file pic Archant Norfolk pics © 2006 (01603) 772434

A parking ticket on a windscreen. Great Yarmouth Borough Council has made £50,000 from fines this year. For: EDP/EN file pic Archant Norfolk pics © 2006 (01603) 772434

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Great Yarmouth Borough council made more than £51,000 from parking fines in the last financial year, figures have revealed.

King Street pay and display car park in Great Yarmouth. Picture Joseph NortonKing Street pay and display car park in Great Yarmouth. Picture Joseph Norton

Howard Street car park was the worst hit area for drivers in the borough with 325 motorists being fined.

This was followed by the car park at King Street which saw 289 people fined and Market Place car park at 178.

Howard Street car park proved to be the most costly for drivers, who were fined a total of £9,725. King Street was second at £8,650.

Tribune, a political party in Great Yarmouth has previously called on the borough council to scrap parking charges completely,

The £51,475 the council made from fines in 2017/18 is considerably less than the amount they received from parking fines in 2016/17 with £65,100.

In 2015/16 and 2014/15 the council received £95,125 and £89,825 in parking fines respectively, according to figures obtained under the Freedom Of Information Act.

Council leader, Graham Plant, believes this decrease is down to drivers learning they cannot get away with illegal parking.

He said: “Once people get issued with a parking fine they learn they cannot park illegally which means the borough council is issuing less tickets.”

Mr Plant added the money the council receives from parking fines goes solely towards highway maintenance.

“We use the money to pay for cycling lanes, additional road markings and other highway matters. It is not used to bolster the finances of the borough council,” Mr Plant said.

Tribune Party leader, Mike Monk, believes removing parking charges in Great Yarmouth would have a positive impact on the town’s businesses.

Figures revealed by this paper last year show the borough council made £935,000 in 2016/17 from parking charges.

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He said: “Tribune are fully aware that to remove £935,000 from the council budget without any other compensating actions would severely affect the council. That is why we have stated that it is an ambition and would not be possible immediately.

“However, this does not stop the council being innovative and introducing schemes to reduce the parking charges.

“We believe we have all had enough of being asked to pay more when the council is so ineffective and wasteful.”

The party has suggested the first two hours could be made free, with any stay over that being charged at the standard rate.

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