MORE than £1.6 million in profit has been made from parking charges and fines in Worcester in the past year.

New data shows the hefty £1,687,000 profit made by Worcester City Council for the financial year  April 2022 to March 2023.

In the district of Wychavon, £828,000 in profit has been made, and £76,000 in profit has been made in Malvern.

However, a Worcester City Council spokesperson said that the council would refer to the £1,687,000 as a surplus and not as a profit.

They said: “The income the City Council receives from parking is directly reinvested in parking enforcement, maintaining the city’s car parks and streets, and providing essential services for Worcester’s residents.”

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According to the Worcester City Council website, there are 17 different parking sites managed by the council.

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Jayne Pickering, deputy chief executive and director of resources for Wychavon District Council, said that the council has not increased parking charges since 2011.

She said: “We don’t make a profit on our parking services, any surplus leftover once costs have been removed is used to invest in the maintenance and further improvement of our car parks and other council services.

"It also helps maintain our strong financial position and keep Council Tax down, which is why we have one of the lowest Council Tax charges in the country.

“We haven’t increased our parking charges since 2011 and unlike other areas, most of our car parks continue to be free after 6pm and on Sundays.

"We’re constantly making improvements including a rolling programme of maintenance and the recent installation of cash and contactless payment machines in the majority of our car parks.”

We have also contacted Malvern Hills District Council for a comment.

The data was released by the UK government's Department of Levelling-Up, Housing, and Communities to show how much profit each local authority in England makes from parking (that includes all the money made from parking charges along with fines).