ELDC made £1.69m from parking new figures show

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East Lindsey District Council made a £1.69 million net profit from car parking charges in 2013-14, official Government figures show.

The figures are contained in a report by the Department for Community and Local Government.

The publication is part of new parking measures that the Government claims will put “common sense back in the driving seat.”

Under new laws, drivers will get a 10-minute ‘grace period’ when parked in a bay which prevents fines for people being just a few minutes late back to their vehicle.

The Government said the measures will stop over-zealous parking enforcement which often forces people to shop in out-of-town centres - or online.

Other measures protecting drivers include new powers for parking adjudicators while residents and firms will also have the power to demand councils review parking in their area.

Guidance will also be issued, reinforcing the message that councils cannot use parking to make a profit.

ELDC’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, with responsibility for car parking, Councillor Steve O’Dare, said: “Unfortunately, the Government has announced its intentions without providing information on the detail to councils to fully understand the implications.

“We already offer a 10 minute “grace” period when parking tickets expire at all of our 57 car parks and believe the parking charges applied at our car parks represent good value for money. When any changes to car parking legislation are enacted this council will become fully compliant with it.”