£30m council parking income queried by RAC Foundation

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Media captionThe RAC Foundation says the money raised from parking should be used to improve roads

Welsh councils made a profit of almost £9m on car parking last year, according to new research.

The RAC Foundation says accounts show a total of £30m was raised by the 22 local authorities through parking schemes - charges, resident permits and fines - of which £8.7m was profit.

It said the aim should be managing congestion not raising cash.

A Welsh Local Government Association spokesman denied profiteering and said millions more were spent on roads.

"Parking must always be about managing congestion, not raising money," said RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister.

The Welsh Local Government Association, which represents councils, said: "Councils have been reviewing all charging policies as a result of continued austerity measures."

Council Income from parking charges Profit
Cardiff £6.2m £2.6m
Swansea £4.4m £1.2m
Carmarthenshire £2.1m £487k
Gwynedd £2.1m £800k
Neath Port Talbot £1.7m £247k
Denbighshire £1.4m £677k
Conwy £1.4m £560k
Pembrokeshire £1.3m £264k
Rhondda Cynon Taf £1.3m £478k
Powys £1.2m £358k
Monmouthshire £1.1m £461k
Bridgend £1.1m £300k
Ceredigion £1m £287k
Merthyr Tydfil £885k £340k
Wrexham £847k £240k
Newport £660k £206k loss
Caerphilly £659k £162k
Anglesey £330k £55k
Vale of Glamorgan £318k £238k loss
Flintshire £209k £100k loss
Torfaen no info £39k loss
Blaenau Gwent no info £311k loss

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