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Argyll and Bute Council made a £360,000 ‘profit’ from parking in the 2015-16 financial year, data analaysed for the RAC Foundation has revealed.
This resulted in the council ranking ninth out of Scotland’s 32 local authorities.
This is an increase of £30,000 compared to the previous year, when Argyll and Bute Council received £330,000 from charges and penalties.
An Argyll and Bute Council spokesman said: ‘The surplus revenue received from off-street parking or on-street, through decriminalised parking enforcement, is used for road safety and traffic management improvements and to manage and maintain our car parks.’
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: ‘Providing and managing the space for us to park is not a cost-free activity for councils, but controlling those costs is important.’
However, the introduction of the new 12-sided £1 coin could affect this year’s intake, as the parking meters in Oban don’t currently accept the new coins.
The Oban Times asked members of the public about the new £1 coins on social media.
Lainey Booth said: ‘The meter outside the police station does not accept them. I tried three different ones. They don’t work.’
It’s not just the parking meters. Hannah Karpinski said: ‘They don’t work in Lidl or Aldi trolleys.’
And Bryan Simpson added: ‘Didn’t work in my coffee machine at work.’