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27th Nov, 2021

Bromsgrove town centre car parks could go 'cashless' as council launches consultation on the plans

A CONSULTATION has been launched on the new parking machines for Bromsgrove’s car parks which could go completely cashless.

The terminals in each of the district council’s pay and display car parks are under review and the authority wants to hear drivers’ views.

This is the latest phase of car park improvements after recent upgrades to lighting and electric charging points.

Existing pay and display machines only take coins, with about one in five drivers currently choosing to use the ‘MiPermit’ website and app to pay online instead.

New machines could take card payments, including contactless and it has been suggested they could even go ‘completely cashless’ – just accepting cards.

Bromsgrove District Council Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and the Town Centre, Coun Karen May said: “Good accessible car parking is vital for a healthy town centre and we are always looking to improve the service.

“As part of that, we’re now in the early stages of reviewing our pay and display car parking machines and some questions have come up including whether they could go cashless, have contactless car payments in light of Covid-19, and so on.

“We want to hear from drivers on the issues, so a simple consultation has been launched to gather your views.

“Officers will bring all the responses into the decision-making process.”

Motorists wanting to have their say should click here to put their views across by the closing date of 5pm on Friday, October 22.

* WHAT DO you think? Do you feel the council’s car parks should go cashless? Send us your views to editor@bromsgrovestandard.co.uk

 

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