In an earlier post, Cllr Joanna Dabrowska mentioned she has been trying to find out information from the Council if it had any intentions of removing Pay&Display machines (or equally inaptly named Pay&Park).
The current count as of today, there are 196 such machines in the Borough.
Council parking officers are currently deciding whether to continue the P&D machine offering but a final decision has not been reached. Cllr Dabrowska will be notified of the decision as soon as it will become available.
Cllr Dabrowska states
whilst I am not against going cashless across many public services, I am against alienating those residents and visitors who do not own a mobile ‘phone especially the elderly, the vulnerable and those who do not want one. At some point in the future, when everyone will have a mobile, it would be totally sensible to go cashless.
The proposed PayPoint option is not practical in many locations in my ward where stores are quite a distance away. Also, what happens when a visitor parks, walks 10-15 mins to the latest PayPoint store to pay for parking, walks back and finds a PCN stuck to his/her windscreen? How is the Council going to deal with such scenarios? One of the CPZs in my ward goes on until 11pm and the nearest store is some distance away.
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