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Revealed: Burnley's parking fine hotspots
THE streets in Burnley town centre where drivers are most likely to be hit with a parking fine have been revealed.
Nicholas Street, Standish Street, Curzon Street and Thames Avenue have been named as the top four streets targeted by traffic wardens.
Last year, 415 motorists were hit with a ticket in Nicholas Street, more than anywhere else in town, and up from the 374 tickets the year before.
Standish Street was second with 267, up from 220, and Thames Avenue, near Burnley General Hospital, came in as a new entry on the list in third place with 254.
A total of 239 people picked up a ticket in Curzon Street, and in Hargreaves Street 215 fines were issued, which was less than the 259 tickets handed out the year before.
In total during the last financial year, 5,819 parking tickets were issued in Burnley, which was up from the 5,275 issued the year before.
Figures released by the RAC Foundation show that in the 2011/2012 financial year Burnley Council made £321,000 profit from parking activities, including car parking and fines.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Between them, English councils made a £565 million profit on their parking activities in 2011/12, before capital charges. Burnley made £321,000 alone.
“Legally, there’s nothing wrong with this if two guiding principles are followed.
“First, the charges are not set to raise general revenue. Second, any surplus from the charges is ploughed back into transport and environmental services.”
A Burnley Council spokesman said: “We encourage short-stay parking in the town centre to ensure a regular turnover of spaces, and to support the town centre economy by providing spaces for shoppers.
“We also provide long-stay parking on the edge of the town centre for those who want to park for longer.
“Parking policies are in place to manage traffic flow, prevent congestion and reduce accidents.”
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