The council seem to have been quick to tell Mr Mustard that the number of parking PCN issued in the first 18 weeks of 2014-15 was down on the previous year, which is the truth, down from 55,055 to 45,802.
The truth as always is a movable feast and the decrease could well be related to the fact that the start of the year saw lots of changes in the parking department with new enforcement software and a change of permit processor from in-house to Capita. It could also be that lots of traffic wardens decided to move on and the replacements take time to get up to full churning out PCN capacity.
Anyway here is a little graph of the numbers
If Mr Mustard had been given only the first quarter he might have thought that there was genuine reduction in numbers but once we get to week 15 normality has more or less returned.
The Special Parking Account is £1.7million behind projection for the current year and this will be discussed at committee on Monday and at that point we will see if the reduction in income is being taken on the chin by the council or if there is a plan to make up the shortfall in other ways, such as ramping the number of PCN up even higher such that by the end of the year we will be back where we started.
Mr Mustard will keep an eye out for you.