INCOME from parking tickets in Ceredigion reduced by more than £120,000 in 2015/16, with the number of tickets issued dropping by half in 2015/16 compared to the previous year.
Figures for 2015/16 show that the council spent more on parking enforcement than it received in income, although the higher level of income in previous years means the council still has a surplus of more than £15,000.
The statistics show that almost 70 per cent of tickets issued were handed out in Aberystwyth, with just six streets in Aberystwyth and Cardigan responsible for almost a third of all tickets issued.
A council report into parking enforcement for 2015/16 shows that the number of tickets issued reduced to 3,332, compared to 6,940 in 2014/15 and 8,749 in 2013/14.
That equates to income in 2015/16 of just under £140,000, a significant drop on the £260,000 received in 2014/15 and the figure of over £300,000 in 2013/14. The council spent over £165,000 in 2015/16, mostly on staff costs.
But while income was at the lowest level yet, the expenditure on the parking services was also at the lowest level since the council took over responsibility for the service.
The vast majority of penalty charge notices issued in Ceredigion are in Aberystwyth with 2,319, just under 70 per cent of all tickets, issued in the town.
Cardigan saw 509 tickets handed out, a total of 15.3 per cent of all tickets.
Llandysul saw the third highest amount of tickets with 75, or 2.3 per cent of all tickets.
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