Tuesday, 22 August 2017

'Royal' parking machines to go

OUTDATED parking machines in Henley are set to be replaced in the summer, writes Phil Simms.

OUTDATED parking machines in Henley are set to be replaced in the summer, writes Phil Simms.

The pay and display devices are unable to accept new 5p and 10p coins, which means drivers have to pay over the 30p charge for an hour’s stay.

They were installed by Oxfordshire County Council in 1995 and the tariff has remained at 30p for an hour and 40p for two hours ever since.

The overcharging problem was first spotted by David Walker, of Niagara Road, Henley, a year ago and readers have complained to the Henley Standard.

Now Oxfordshire County Council has said the obsolete machines will replaced.

Speaking at a meeting of the town council’s traffic advisory committee, county highways officer David Tole said: “The machines have to be sensitive enough to pick up fraudulent coins.

“I am told the old coins that are gradually going out of circulation work but the newer ones don’t.

“I am also told that the machines were put in in 1995 and they were second hand then but, this being Henley, they did come from the Royal Parks. If you scratch them there is the royal green underneath.

“We have approval to replace all the machines and we go out to tender shortly. We will then roll them out, I would think over the summer.”

Mr Tole said the new machines would also accept notes and cards and the new £1 coin when it is introduced next year.

In a letter to the committee, county civil enforcement manager for highways and transport Helen Crozier said the reasons for the delay in installing new machines was due to the speed of the procurement process, which was a legal obligation.



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