Which two Norfolk councils made more than £2m each from their car parks last year?

A person paying for car parking. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A person paying for car parking. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Two Norfolk councils made more than £2m from their car parks last year, new figures show.

A report from the RAC Foundation reveals Norwich City Council made a surplus of £2.9m from drivers, while at the other end of the county West Norfolk council made £2.43m.

North Norfolk council made a £1.5m surplus in 2015/16, while Great Yarmouth made £861,000, the report also discloses.

Councils' parking profits reached a record high last year it states, with the 353 local authorities in England earning £756m from on and off-street parking.

Topping the list was the London borough of Westminster, which made almost £56m.


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Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

'These numbers might seem eye-wateringly large, but in part they reflect the growing competition for space in many of our towns and cities. In 1995 there were only 21.4 million cars on Britain's roads, today there are 30.7 million.

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'The good news is that any profit generated by councils from on-street parking must by law be spent on transport-related activities, and as every motorist knows there's no shortage of work that needs doing.'

Not every council coined it in. South Norfolk made a surplus of just £4,000 in the same year, while Breckland lost £179,000 and Fenland lost just over £300,000 on their parking operations.

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