Wandsworth's surplus is the fifth biggest in the country
£30.2 million has been raised for council coffers from Wandsworth's parking related charges, ranking the borough fifth in the UK according to the recent RAC Foundation report.
According to new figures from the RAC (pdf) the surplus raised by Wandsworth council from parking has risen by 2% between 2014/15 to 2013/14 - the average rise for London boroughs was 4%. The top ranked was again Westminster with an income of £74.3 million despite a drop of 8% on last year. Haringey saw the biggest increase in income (58%) and Newham income was increased by 30%.
The RAC Foundation say local authorities in London are making big profits from such charges and urge councils to reveal exactly where the surplus is going.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "The financial sums involved in local authority parking are huge and the overall profits eye-watering. And once again the year-on-year direction of travel is upwards.
"It is unsurprising that London leads the way in making money. Its roads are most congested and the pressure on road space immense.
"The legal position is that parking charges are to be used as a tool for managing traffic. But with local government budgets under ever-greater pressure the temptation to see them as a fund-raiser must be intense.
"When a parking profit is made the law states that, essentially, the money can only be spent on transport and environment projects. We are simply asking that all councils publish annual reports to tell drivers exactly where this huge excess ends up."
We have asked for comment from Wandsworth Council.
December 11, 2015