With the financial year almost over Greenwich Council are looking at another £1.4 million black hole in their parking budget. That will mean other areas of spending raided to plug the gap.
It’s quite impressive how they continue to do so despite implementing more controlled parking zones.
This latest miss follows a year of numerous parking problems in many, many areas which culminated in 130 bus drivers threatening to no longer stop in certain areas of Plumstead due to bad parking. The authority have been informed hundreds, if not thousands of times.
It’s a slight improvement of £2 million shortfall seen around 2015 and 2016 but this is a lamentable performance – especially at the time of cuts. This is 2015/16:
Spot the similarities to this year: “An agreed parking strategy is being used as the basis for a number of initiatives…”. A nice cut and paste. Little changes.
There’s been no progress since 2017/18 to 2018/19:
Mind you this and last year’s £1.4 million is a slight improvement from £2 million in 2015/16 and 2016/17:
Parking income is budgeted for funding concessionary passes. A reduced income means money must be sourced elsewhere – and we are now talking almost £12 million since 2011/12.
Cuts from central government to local government have hit extremely hard but failing to tackle issues with parking results in some asking why they should pay a council tax rise almost three times the rate of inflation from April. The authority loses the moral high ground when it cannot get to grips with this for so long.
To compound issues they outsourced parking on estates and some shopping areas to a private company in 2014 and receive no income from fines. They then renewed the contract in mid-2018.
Goodness knows the borough has enough problems with bad parking as chronicled to the point of tedium on this site. I keep at it as it shows how flawed some department’s working practices are, how un-reactive some politicians in charge have been (for years) and how this is costing many people dearly. And badly affecting multi-million pound upgrade schemes.
Finally in recent months 10 agency workers have been hired and authorisation sought for CCTV usage. Why that didn’t happen years ago is a mystery as funding gaps appeared year after year.