Money received by North Herts District Council from parking offset by increased spending on recycling
PUBLISHED: 08:31 18 December 2015
The extra money North Herts District Council has received from parking over the past financial year has been offset by a greater increase in spending on recycling, a report revealed on Tuesday night.
In his second quarter monitoring review, Councillor Terry Hone – who is responsible for finance at the district council – revealed to cabinet members that an £151,000 increase in revenue had been made in parking across the district, but £170,000 had been lost on the recycling budget.
Reasons cited for the increase in parking revenue included the introduction of a controlled parking zone in Knebworth in April.
Councillor Hone said: “The increase in the projected budget for parking charge income indicates that the local economy is recovering and more people are coming into town centres to shop.
“The parking tariff structure changes introduced earlier this year and introduction of season tickets and controlled parking zones have also contributed to the rise.
“However, the increases will be off-set by investing in updating the car parks across the district and carrying out essential maintenance works to the facilities.
“Despite the rise in car parking revenue, the district council has also seen a significant rise in projected expenditure of waste and recycling.
“This is due to an increase in contamination within our recycled materials contained in the grey bin.
“As this rise could have significant cost and environmental implications for council tax payers, the district council has launched a ‘Recycle Right’ campaign to encourage people, including already keen recyclers, to make sure they are putting the right items in the right bins.”
Councillor Hone also predicted that the introduction of the 5p charge for plastic bags would have a positive impact on next year’s budget.