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Almost 80 parking tickets a day issued in Bolton

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Nat Lofthouse
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Parking wardens issued on average almost 80 tickets a day, figures published by Bolton Council revealed.

The number of penalty charge notices (PCN) issued to motorists have risen steadily since 2017 bringing in more than £900,000.

Highways bosses say that any money made through the payment of fines is ploughed back into the local road network to fund improvements.

In the last financial year ending March 219, 28,714 PCN's were issued which resulted in a surplus of £63,201.

Fines netted Bolton Council totalled £950,953.

A Bolton Council spokesman said: "Parking enforcement is vital to ensure the safe and efficient flow of traffic and keep our town moving.

"We do not make any profit from parking charges and fines.

"Any surplus income is legally required to go back into the highways service and reinvested on essential parking and road schemes."

He added:"A range of off and on street parking options are available for motorists and anyone who feels that a ticket has been issued in error has the right to appeal.

"Details of how to appeal will be on the parking ticket and on our website."

The cost of a PCN currently stands at £70, discounted to £35 if payment is received within 14 days of issue.

In 2017, the number of PCNs issues were 26,160, with a surplus of £52,514. In 2018 that figure stood at 27,787 with a surplus of £18,520.

The breakdown for 2019 shows that costs of parking, including money spent on employees and premises came to a total of 1,274,754 and total income generated equalled 1,337,954.

Bolton Council offers free weekend and bank holiday parking in Octagon, Topp Way, Deane Road NCP multi-storey car parks all year round and during the festive season it offers free after 3pm weekday parking promotion.

Civil parking enforcement income and expenditure for Bolton was published under open data, found on Bolton Council web page, in a bid to promote openness and transparency.

Government recommendations are that local authorities publish key information that helps better understand how the council is managed and what happens to the money the council receives.


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