Council parking profits increase as road spending falls

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A massive £411 million was made by councils in England last year, an increase of 14.9 per cent. Yet at the same time, the amount spent on road safety, education and safe routes to schools, fell by 18 per cent, from £127.5m to £105m.

According to figures released by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), this is an increase from the £358 million made in the previous year 2010/11.

The three councils making the most out of parking pain are in London. At the top, with an 8.7 per cent increase and a total of £38m is Westminster. There's a 31 per cent increase and £27.5m in Kensington and Chelsea, with a £25m total and increase of 18 per cent in Camden.

Move out of town and Brighton and Hove council is next, with a 13.7 increase and a total of £13.7 million. Milton Keynes and Newcastle follow along behind, with profits up 9.3 and 51 per cent, with totals of £6.5 and £6.2 million respectively.

A June 2012 report from the Department for Communities and Local Government estimated that capital expenditure on highways and transport will fall by a further 11% over 2012/133.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "Councils are making record-breaking profits from parking, while cutting road safety spending on life-saving services such as, education for young drivers, cycle training, and safe routes to schools schemes.

"At the same time cuts to road maintenance will mean a backlog of repairs which will simply cost more to fix in the long term."