HENLEY Town Council made more than £200,000 from parking charges at the Mill Meadows car park
HENLEY Town Council made more than £200,000 from parking charges at the Mill Meadows car park over the last year.
This was an increase of almost 11 per cent on the income of £183,000 in 2014/15. The council raised its fees for weekends and bank holidays by about 10 per cent in 2014.
Councillor Kellie Hinton said the rise reflected the improvements made at Mill Meadows in recent years, including refurbishment of the two playgrounds.
She said: “This helps bring people in and it’s increasing the income. I hope we can do the same for Makins and Freeman’s Meadow.”
Excess charges have made the council £3,175 since July last year. More than 120 tickets were issued and 93 were paid. Of the uncollected fines, 11 were successfully appealed, four were with the legal team, 10 could still be paid and four involved cars that couldn’t be traced by the DVLA.
In July Chipside took over from Vinci Parking Services and the council’s parks service staff were given handheld devices to process notices. The council says this has made the process more efficient and reduced errors.