Lockdown led to almost £1million in losses in car parks across Nuneaton and Bedworth.

The stark picture of how the coronavirus crisis has hit council coffers is in a cabinet report and parking is among the hardest hit.

According to the report, income losses from ticket meters and fines has topped £955,000.

But the figures are now beginning to rise as the lockdown eases and more start visiting town centres again.

The borough council report says: “Car park income reduced to around 10 per cent of the budgeted amount for April, when lockdown measures were at their strictest. The council has also given free parking to NHS and other key worker during the pandemic.

“Income was 21 per cent of budget in June and 40 per cent in July, as more shops and facilities began to reopen.

“Town centre footfall is still at around 50 per cent of pre-Covid levels and we are forecasting income to increase to around 70 per cent of budgeted income later in the year and in the run up to Christmas, although this will clearly depend on the progression of the pandemic, any tightening of measures and changes in customer behaviour.”



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Markets hit

Car parks are not the only thing to have been hit by coronavirus – so have Nuneaton and Bedworth’s market.

The loss of income stands at £225,000 according to the council report.



“Market income was significantly less than budget during lockdown and has not achieved pre-Covid levels since measures were eased,” the report states.

“The council offered free rent to market traders in April to July and has continued to offer reduced rents in August to encourage traders back to the market. We are currently assuming that income will be below budgeted levels for the rest of the financial year but will keep this under review.”

Cabinet members will review the report during a meeting on Wednesday (September 9).

Hope is on the horizon

Hope is on the horizon for Nuneaton town centre however, as a bid is being made for £25m bid for government funding.

This is for the Towns Fund and hundreds of people have had their say on what it should be spent on.

This information is now being collated before a short-list of projects is put together.

There has already been a bid made to the FHSF for almost £23m as part of the Transforming Nuneaton project.

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