Letter - Councils must get politics right first

The column by Westminster Council's Alex Aiken ('Be transparent on the parking issue,' 30 June) caused a wry smile. He says that 'if you set ticket targets, people will reasonably assume that you are targeting revenue'.

Many years ago, I exposed Westminster's ticket targets on live TV. More recently, I advised councils that they will never get the public on-side if they continue with these practices. My advice was not well received.

Giving evidence to the Select Committee, I exposed the practice of some local authorities offering cars, TVs, and even Argos points to attendants who meet targets.

The committee makes some excellent recommendations for fairer parking regimes. If these are followed, the reputation of local government will be improved. But positive communication can only follow good practice, not the other way around.

Edmund King, executive director, RAC Foundation.

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