A report to a meeting next week confirms that the unreliable Marygate car park barriers are responsible for nearly half of an estimated £136,000 short -fall in car parking revenue expected by the York Council this year.
It is just over a year ago since barriers were installed at the car park at a cost of over £100,000. Labour Councillors who approved the change were warned that elsewhere similar (outdoor) systems had been chronically unreliable.
Now the barriers are often locked in a raised position – effectively allowing free parking.
The report identifies a potential overall overspend against budget of £1.9 million. In fairness, this is not without precedent for a first quarter financial review.
Most of the potential deficient occurs from escalating costs for fostering children.
The Council says that “the number of Children Looked After is unlikely to reduce in the foreseeable future”.
The Council Housing account is now forecast to have a surplus of £16.6 million by the end of the year! As reported on Thursday, housing officials are currently refusing to invest any of the profit in essential estate repairs.
The performance report suggests that little progress has been made so far this year in improving public service standards.
Most of the indicators have been inherited from the last – discredited – Labour administration and in many cases are simply missing altogether (including even results for the year ending 1/4/15 in many cases)