Parking for profit
Parking in Liverpool has been agitating many people for a while now.
The anger over the council's proposal to extend charges from 6pm to 8pm, is not likely to subside with today's revelation that the council is making ÃÂ£2m a year profit from parking.
The council insists it ploughs the money back into transport schemes.
The proposal to extend the hours of charging (to raise ÃÂ£60,000) is currently the subject of a council inquiry, which had its second sitting this week.
Nobody likes having to pay for parking, but it is generally accepted as part of modern day life.
The council could have raised the ÃÂ£60,000 by increasing the price of parking between normal hours of 8am to 6pm, and would probably have netted far more cash than it was seeking to get.
And what's more although there would have been complaints, it would not have generated any where near the same number column inches, and would have been long forgotten about.
The revelation that the authority already makes ÃÂ£2m a year profit, makes the proposal to raise the peanut like figure of ÃÂ£60,000 even more extraordinary.