BARNSLEY Council raked in £552,000 from car parking charges, new figures have revealed.

Figures released by the RAC for 2011/12 show councils are making hundreds of thousands of pounds profit from their off-street car parking operations.

Professor Stephen Glaister, of the RAC Foundation, said: "For many local authorities parking charges are a nice little earner, especially in the capital.

"The bottom line is that hundreds of millions of pounds are being contributed annually to council coffers through parking charges and the drivers who are paying then have a reasonable expectation to see the cash spent on improving the roads."

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