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£1.6m profit on parking

KIRKLEES Council is set to make a £1.6m profit from the car parks it runs.

KIRKLEES Council is set to make a £1.6m profit from the car parks it runs.

The figure has been revealed just days after higher charges were approved.

Officials said car park takings in the 12 months to the end of this March will be around £3.6m.

When costs of £2m are deducted, a surplus of £1.6m will be left.

The figures may fuel further protests over the level of charges in Kirklees.

Some shoppers have said the fees could drive them away to out-of-town centres, such as Sheffield's Meadowhall where parking is free.

But Kirklees says that if it did not make a profit from parking, council tax could have to rise.

Council chiefs said the extra cash from the new charges for car parks - expected to be up to £670,000 over a year - would be used on highways spending and car park repairs.

A council spokesman said: "In calculating grants for councils, the Government expects a surplus to be made on car park operations.

"We spend £20m a year on the highways service, a figure which includes the £1.6m surplus from car parking.

"Without this surplus, there would have to be cuts or an extra call on council tax."

A deluge of complaints has followed the news that a 60p an hour charge is to be made for parking at Huddersfield's new Kingsgate shopping centre, due to open on March 1.

The council is managing the car park for the Kingsgate owners and has said the charge will rise to 70p when the centre has been open six months.

Today, a Labour councillor hit out at what he said was the excessive profit that would be made from the Kingsgate car park.

Clr Peter Sykes, a former highways committee chairman, said Kirklees would make at least £400,000 a year.

But the council spokesman said it would be a long time before Kirklees made any money on the Kingsgate car park.


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