Published: 09/11/2017 16:44 - Updated: 09/11/2017 16:50

Could Caithness be a target for parking fees?

 

Parking at Riverside car park in Wick is still free but could charges soon be introduced?
Parking at Riverside car park in Wick is still free but could charges soon be introduced?

 

HIGHLAND Council is still facing a £400,000 shortfall in income from car parks, despite hopes some of it could be clawed back.

Areas including Caithness which have previously enjoyed free parking, could soon have to fork out too under the review.

The budget hole has not reduced and has been blamed on “over ambitious targets”.

Despite three months passing since councillors were warned of the figure, the latest report shows income from car parks is still estimated to fall short of its £1.2 million target by the end of the financial year, with no improvement.

There is hope in a report for today’s environment, development and infrastructure committee that having parking wardens patrolling the streets will encourage people back into paying at council-owned car parks, although this has not improved income so far.

It said: “The estimated pressure is based on over-ambitious targets set in previous years and the loss of income from selling the top deck of the Inverness multi-storey car park in 2016.

“Income from decriminalised parking enforcement with the displacement of parking to council-owned car parks will help alleviate part of the pressure.”

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