Congratulations to my beloved Croydon Council who have almost come up with a nice way to make even more money out of the hapless citizens of and visitors to Croydon.
They had constructed a parking deal with European parking firm APCOA, which was supposed to come into force in November 2007. APCOA was then supposed to take over complete control of Croydon's parking services.
APCOA were pushing the council to agree to a clause which would allow them to issue an extra 20,000 tickets each year.
This would bring the total up to 300 Penalty Charge Notices issued in Croydon on a daily basis, generating a revenue of £15K a day for the company with doubtless benefits for our beloved council.
The deal collapsed in December, and the council admitted it "inadvertently" disclosed sensitive information due to an administrative error.
This sorry tale does of course not end there. APCOA are now threatening to sue the council for the collapse of the deal, and the disclosure of confidential information.
Guess who will get stuck with the legal bill?
Yes, that's right, the hapless taxpayers of Croydon.
All because the council tried to screw more money out of the residents and visitors to this blighted borough.
The question is, why on earth did they choose APCOA to work with?
See what the BBC has to say about this firm here APCOA.
Local councils, what the fark are they here for?