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Delay in Spalding's new pay and display parking machines

Coun Roger Gambba-Jones.
Coun Roger Gambba-Jones.

Installation of Spalding's new card/phone payment parking machines has been delayed by a week.

South Holland District Council had expected to begin installing the machines on Monday (June 11) but the roll-out is due to begin next Monday (June 18).

These new machines are cashless and allow payment to be made by card and via a phone app.

The move will see the introduction of eight card-only and two cash and card car parking machines over the week.

The council says machines will be operational as soon as they are installed, with all being live by Friday, June 22.

All council car parks in Spalding will have these cashless machines, with the option for coin payment continuing at Herring Lane and Victoria Street.

The council says its new machines will offer a wider choice of payment options while ending issues with non-refundable overpayment when not having the correct change, a commonly reported problem at sites like the swimming pool car park.

It says enforcement through number plate recognition, management of machines and the collection of takings will also become a quicker and more efficient process than previously.

While fees will remain the same, a 20p charge will apply to users of the phone app - WayToPark.

This will cover the cost of issuing text reminders to users 15 minutes before their parking expires and enable them to extend their parking without the need to return to a terminal.

Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, council portfolio holder for place said:

"This updating of our car parking machines in Spalding is an exciting development for the town. In studies carried out elsewhere in the UK, 78 per cent of people said they wanted to pay for parking using credit or debit cards and 45 per cent showed an interest in paying with a phone. Taking this into account we want to introduce a service that gives as many people as possible a choice of quick and easy payment options.

"Another major reason for this approach is due to the most recent theft of a cash payment machine in Spalding and those we have suffered in the past and the great expense this causes. There will also be notable savings in revenue and time expended by staff having to collect, bank and process money from cash machines.

"We believe that all car park users will benefit from having the choice and convenience of different payment options."

To view the locations and costs of council car parks, visit www.sholland.gov.uk/carparks

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