Flooding leads to £25,000 hit on Worcester car parking income

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THE true cost of Worcester's flooding is finally creeping out - after the city council revealed it led to a £25,000 drop in car parking cash.

Taxpayers are now being warned to expect a hefty overall dent to the public purse once all the costs are factored in.

Last month's rising water levels, which led to the main Worcester Bridge closing and several car parks being cut off, led to drivers shunning the city for more than a week.

The council, which is expecting to get around £2.6 million in car parking revenue this year, says the cash it raked in during February was £25,000 behind budget.

When the floods were at their worst car parks at Pitchcroft and Croft Road were among those to be affected.

The losses could be the tip off the iceberg for the council, which says the clean-up efforts and help offered to householders will see the end cost spiral much higher.

A report is currently being prepared which is expected to reveal the full picture of dealing with the floods.

This year the city council decided to reduce its car parking budget by £300,000, mainly due to a decision to slash prices.

Overall income for the year is slightly better than expected, and is running at a surplus of £95,000 so far, despite February's bleak picture.

The city council's overall revenue budget, the money it gets for services like sports centres, the crematorium and garden waste collections show the 2013/14 financial year could end at a surplus of £149,000.

The council says if that proves to be the case, the extra cash will be added to its transformation plan, a blueprint for saving £4.1 million by 2019.

Lesley Meagher, corporate director of resources, said: "Car parking income for the year has performed well and is better than what we budgeted for, but we've just had the floods.

"I've just been told that car parking income for February is down by £25,000.

"Potentially, there is a surplus for the budget of nearly £150,000 but there are risks that remain, especially around flooding.

"That includes the costs of dealing with the clean-up."

The findings were discussed during a meeting of the performance, management and budget scrutiny committee at the Guildhall.

Car parking prices are rising in April, with the £1 rates after 7pm and 40p for half-an-hour charges being axed.

Some all-day rates are also going up, but St Martin's Gate will remain £3.60 all day.

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4:59pm Thu 6 Mar 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Compared to 2.6million £25,000 is a drop in the ocean. I very much doubt that the total figure can be forecast within £25000 for 12 months. A couple of sunny days would probably make up that amount.
What about the amount lost by traders who found that their customers couldn't get to town? I suspect that they have lost far more than £25,000.
Compared to 2.6million £25,000 is a drop in the ocean. I very much doubt that the total figure can be forecast within £25000 for 12 months. A couple of sunny days would probably make up that amount. What about the amount lost by traders who found that their customers couldn't get to town? I suspect that they have lost far more than £25,000. New Kid on the Block
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5:28pm Thu 6 Mar 14

truth must out says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
Compared to 2.6million £25,000 is a drop in the ocean. I very much doubt that the total figure can be forecast within £25000 for 12 months. A couple of sunny days would probably make up that amount.
What about the amount lost by traders who found that their customers couldn't get to town? I suspect that they have lost far more than £25,000.
Traders didn't lose much...according to the WN they were bragging about how busy town was during the floods...!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: Compared to 2.6million £25,000 is a drop in the ocean. I very much doubt that the total figure can be forecast within £25000 for 12 months. A couple of sunny days would probably make up that amount. What about the amount lost by traders who found that their customers couldn't get to town? I suspect that they have lost far more than £25,000.[/p][/quote]Traders didn't lose much...according to the WN they were bragging about how busy town was during the floods...!!!!! truth must out
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7:13am Fri 7 Mar 14

green49 says...

WN should ask the traders? i know quite a few who have been hit hard by this but they have to just carry on best they can, I do know of two of my long term friends who have buisness here but have had enough and are moving out of Worcester.
WN should ask the traders? i know quite a few who have been hit hard by this but they have to just carry on best they can, I do know of two of my long term friends who have buisness here but have had enough and are moving out of Worcester. green49
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