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Car park ticket mayhem on the horizon?

Created on 14/03/2017 @ 09:14
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Keep hold of as many of the the old £1 coins as you can when the new one is introduced later this month after it emerged car park ticket machines in Newtown are not being upgraded to cater for the new coin.

Mayhem is likely to follow as motorists face having to find the right and smaller change to use in the machines every time they want to park in the Back Lane and Gravel car parks.

The county council says it is not upgrading the machines as new ones have been ordered but they will not be ready for the coin changeover which happens on 28 March.

The old £1 coin is due to remain in circulation until October and will still be available, but more limited.

Retailers in the town can expect a rush on from motorists needing to find change to use the machines.

The council plans to replace over 60 ticket machines over the coming months with new machines, which will be able accept the new £1 coin. The new machines will be installed before the old coin is phased out.

But questions have been raised as to why Powys does not introduce a system to pay for parking using telephone, texting or email, as in Shropshire where costs have been made by introducing such a system, in addition to cash operated machines. It means people do not have to carry the right cash with them.
Cllr John Brunt, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We took the decision not to upgrade the current machines so it could accept the new £1 coin because some of the machines are over 20 years old and may have not been able to be upgraded.
“We are now waiting for delivery of the new machines but we will not have them in time or installed before the end of the month.
“We will be phasing the installation of the new ticket machines over the coming month but we want to warn motorists that the current machines will not accept the new £1 coin.  Please ensure you have either the current £1 coin or the right change when you plan to park in one of our pay and display car parks.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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