Council replaces parking machines

NORTH Devon Council has replaced all of its 59 parking machines across the district. The new models have lower coin slots for wheelchair users, while 12 of the new machines are solar powered. The council said the old machines were nearing the end of their

NORTH Devon Council has replaced all of its 59 parking machines across the district.The new models have lower coin slots for wheelchair users, while 12 of the new machines are solar powered.The council said the old machines were nearing the end of their life and that frequent faults meant customers had to cross the car park to pay at another machine. It said that the new machines were "more efficient" and were fitted with the latest technology to automatically alert car park staff should they develop a fault.Councillor Des Brailey, Leader of North Devon Council, said: "Some of our old machines were really starting to show their age. "The new machines are a sound investment and the benefits of advanced technology will make way for new and innovative ways to pay."The old machines gave the option to pay via Smart card - a pre-pay top-up card, which could be inserted into the machine. Unfortunately this payment is no longer available, but will be replaced next month with the option to pay by credit card using a mobile phone.The council said it had written to all Smart card holders to let them know about the change and that full refunds had been offered for cards that may have already been bought. All Smart card users who still have money left on their cards are urged to get in touch with the council for a refund, on (01271) 388279.For more information about where to park in North Devon go to www.northdevon.gov.uk/parking.


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