Residential parking schemes called for in Bridgend to raise money for the council

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A councillor has called for residential parking schemes to be introduced in Bridgend as a means of raising money for the local authority.

Councillor Nicole Burnett said the council was missing out on income-generating opportunities.

Speaking at a recent meeting discussing budget cuts, she said: “I am concerned by the way we are not spending money to save money.

“I feel restrictions in some areas are impacting on income generation.

“I really feel by pushing forward with residential parking schemes it would inject an awful lot of income into the parking department.

“It will alleviate problems in my ward but it would also bring in income, through enforcement notices and putting people into car parks in the town centre.”

The Morfa ward councillor said more also needed to be done to ensure parking machines were working, adding that the council was not making the most of the ability to collect money in car parks and could be missing out on hundreds of thousands of pounds.

During the scrutiny committee meeting which took place on Thursday, November 7, council officers said parking services was projected to make an underspend of £200k, primarily due to an increase in income from the new temporary car park at Salt Lake in Porthcawl.

Chief executive Mark Shephard said: “This car park hasn’t existed before – potentially if it was going to continue we could seek to invest some of the funds in things like residential parking schemes.

“However, the car park won’t be there forever and we can’t just look at parking in isolation.”

Committee chairman Cheryl Green said recently an issue with ticket machines in the Rhiw car park meant only one was working, leaving people that had only popped into town for 15 minutes having to queue for half an hour to pay when they returned.

Council leader Huw David said the local authority would look into the possibility of residential parking schemes and would also review to what extent ticket machines were breaking down.



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