Council collect £500,000 parking fines

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WIGAN Council raked in more than £475,000 in parking fines last year - and is still owed £11,300 in outstanding ones.

The shock figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request to the authority which also showed that 4,245 tickets were rescinded upon appeals from motorists.

The price of a parking ticket in Wigan currently stands at between £70 and £50.

However, the council would not say what the money made specifically from fines is spent on.

Terry Dunn, director of environment at Wigan Council said: “All information relating to examples of where Wigan Council may or may not cancel a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) can be found on the council website.

“Wigan Council will always consider all correspondence that includes compelling reasons or mitigating circumstances.

“It is also important to note that each and every case is considered on its own merits, and the information within the cancellation policy is for guidance only and is not exhaustive.

“Wigan Council instruct certified bailiffs to collect any outstanding debt on their behalf.

“Bailiffs are instructed to collect the debt once the case has been registered with the County Court and a warrant of execution has been granted.”

Last month it was revealed that in total the council made nearly £2m from parking fees, including fines in the last 12 months.

The council says it believes the prices it charges motorists are fair despite criticisms from the RAC.

Kevin Hargreaves, traffic manager for Wigan Council, said: “We believe our parking charges are fair and competitive when compared to neighbouring areas.

“The money the council gets from parking is ploughed straight back into services road users directly benefit from.

“It goes towards paying the council’s £14m bill for highways maintenance, street lighting, road safety improvements and gritting.”