Parking revenue slashed by a third as East Ayrshire Council issues revenue warning



Parking revenues in East Ayrshire are unlikely to return to pre-Covid levels as it has been revealed that they have fallen by more than a third.

Ayrshire Roads Alliance (ARA) has seen parking revenues in the region drop by £ 575,000 during the pandemic.

A spokesperson confirmed the road partnership has budgeted £ 1.605million in parking revenue – money which is then used for ARA’s day-to-day operations.

However, the reality was that the income was just over £ 1million, a drop of just under 36% from the amount budgeted.

Councilor Iain Linton, SNP member for Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse, said: “I am aware that in a post-Covid world parking revenues are likely not to return to pre-Covid levels.

“What kind of contingency is there? Is there something we can watch out for? “

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“We are ready for ‘x’ amount of income every year and we know that is not going to happen.

The council’s chief financial officer, Joe McLachlan, responded that there were some issues related to the pandemic that “would fade away,” but admitted that parking revenue levels would continue to be a problem.

He said: “We have a problem there and we have discussed and will continue to discuss to see if this income budget ever returns.

“If not, we need to determine what steps we should take to adjust this budget.”

Deputy CEO Katie Kelly was more confident about the future.

She said: “We don’t expect it to come back the same way, in terms of revenue.

“We are doing a major overhaul of the ARA and will incorporate what that loss of revenue might look like.

“These parking revenues help keep ARA in business and are part of our expenses. “

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