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Nottingham City Council's car parking profits

People and businesses have paid more than £11m in parking charges in Nottingham in the past year, a survey has revealed.

Nottingham City Council ranks eighth in a new study by the RAC Foundation, which says the council received £11.79m from parking charges in 2012-13.

It is up from £3.251m in 2011-12 and is the first time the authority has been in the top ten, the Nottingham Post has reported.

The city council disputes the figure and ranking, stating that £7.39m of the money was raised through the Workplace Parking Levy and not solely through on-street parking, like all other local authorities. It states the remaining £4.4m figure raised through on-street parking in 2012-13 would rank it 33rd in the list.

The RAC Foundation has acknowledged the WPL's impact on figures, but says the data comes from the annual returns that councils – including the city council – made to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The survey shows councils across England made a record surplus from parking activities, generating £594m from their on and off-street parking operations. This is up five per cent from the £565m collected in 2011-12.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "It is a case of déjà vu. Once again English councils have made record amounts from parking.

"Yet overall spending on local roads has fallen by nine per cent over the past three years, with road safety expenditure down by as much as 20 per cent.''

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