Test pilot in two car parks will see if shoppers prefer to pay for the time they have parked rounded up to the hour, over the traditional pay and display.

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Pay on exit car parking is being introduced at two North Devon Council car parks in Barnstaple.

Bear Street and Hardaway Head (formerly Queen Street multi-storey) have been chosen to carry out a pilot project to see if customers prefer to pay for the time they have parked rounded up to the hour, over the traditional pay and display.

The scheme was approved at an Executive meeting today (Tuesday) following feedback from local businesses who believe the alternative method of payment will benefit the town.

Cllr Malcolm Prowse, lead member for the economy, said: “This scheme is long overdue and I’m delighted we are now able to carry out this project.

“It will mean we can kiss goodbye to the parking fine for customers using the car parks with the new system.

“If it works well, I hope we can also roll it out across our other major car parks to make car parking more convenient to our customers and more beneficial to our local businesses.”

Town Centre Manager Craig Bulley added: “We’re particularly pleased to see a scheme that eliminates the threat of parking fines, which can cause shoppers concern and in some cases lead to them cutting their visits short.

“We’re now looking forward to getting this new system in place swiftly, so it benefits both shoppers and businesses.”

Now the project has been approved, work to kick it off will begin immediately with the hope of having the car parks up and running by Christmas.

Which method of parking would you prefer? Take our poll above.

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