Parking fines service makes £18k loss

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Parking wardens handed out more than £1.1m in parking fines last year across Northamptonshire, but the overall service still made a loss, new figures have revealed.

A report still to be published by Northamptonshire County Council will show that in the financial year to last April, a total of £1,146,495 was successfully collected in parking fines with a further £503,691 recouped from pay and display parking machines in Northampton, the only district in the county to operate them.

However, the service is still set to make an overall loss to the taxpayer of almost £18,000.

A county council spokesman said: “The on-street parking scheme aims to be cost-neutral. Income from pay and display on-street facilities during 2011-12 was £503,691 which contributed to management, maintenance, cash collection and enforcement of the designated bays and contributes to balance the total parking account.”