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New car park machines cost £250,000

Created on 27/06/2017 @ 17:08
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The cost of replacing car park ticket machines at Newtown's Back Lane and Gravel car parks and the rest of Powys to accept new £1 coins is costing Powys County Council over £250,000.

It has emerged that the county-wide cost of replacing 55 new machines in the county, including installation and electrical work, is hitting the eye watering figure.

Newtown's Back Lane car park has been the first to be fitted with new machines.

A council spokesperson confirmed the figure to MyNewtown and our sister site MyWelshpool.

The oder machines could not accept the new £1 coin, leaving car park users having to find small change or keep old £1 coins to use.

The machines will not accept the older coins from October when they no longer become legal tender.

Meanwhile, the county council has announced a review into plans to bring charges into some other car parks in the county, including Llanidloes and Llanfair Caereinion.

New pay and display charges had been proposed for Llanfair's car park, while a residents parking permit scheme was proposed for Church Place in Llanidloes.

But Cllr Liam Fitzpatrick, Cabinet Member for Highways, said a review would now be undertaken into these plans.

“Since becoming Cabinet Member for Highways, I have been contacted by a number of residents who are concerned about the impact these proposals will have on their local community,” said Cllr Fitzpatrick.
“I have decided to carry out a review of these proposals before they come into force.
“I will be looking at the concerns that I have received since becoming Cabinet Member, along with the views the council received during the consultation on the proposals, and will be taking them into account when the review starts.”


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