Council reviews payment arrangements at car parks

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Cheshire East Council is re-introducing cash payments at its car parks from Monday, 17th August.

The council started charging at pay and display car parks again in June, as a number of lockdown measures were starting to be lifted.

At this time, the option of cash (coin) payments at most car park machines, was withdrawn in order to reduce risk of virus transmission.

Since June, the council has been monitoring car park usage and has been listening to feedback from car park users, residents and businesses.

Councillor Laura Crane, cabinet member for highways and waste said: "I would like to thank residents for using car parks responsibly since lockdown measures have been lifted.

"I continue to strongly recommend that people use cashless payment options where this is possible.

"Our parking machines offer both 'chip and pin' and contactless options as means of payment. We also offer the alternative option to use 'RingGo', the mobile app, if someone wanted to avoid using the machine completely.

"We have found that a mobile app is the preferred option for many people and are looking to improve that offer over time.

"However, we recognise that cashless options are not the best payment option for everyone, and we are now offering cash payment for those who choose to use it.

"While Covid, and the risks it presents, has not gone away, we want to support and encourage people to come back into our town centres. But this needs to be done progressively and with care, with due regard to advice from public health professionals.

"As with all changes put into place in response to the Covid pandemic, these measures are being kept under review."

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Ade Whitaker
Friday 14th August 2020 at 5:42 pm
Maybe they could temporarily stop you having to enter your car reg. I paid by contact-less card recently but there is still a lot of button pressing before you get a ticket.
Mark Goldsmith
Saturday 15th August 2020 at 5:12 am
Hi Ade

I agree but the council were quoted over £10,000 by the operator to do this, so the idea was shelved.

I’d like to see it removed from new machines though.

Cllr Mark Goldsmith
Sheila Grindrod
Thursday 20th August 2020 at 4:02 pm
We use the car park frequently but we have encountered quite a few people wanting to pay cash but unable to do so. We should have the choice. I press the buttons with a tissue.
Laurie Atterbury
Saturday 22nd August 2020 at 4:46 pm
So, to save £10,000 the council take risks with people’s lives just to save money?
Sarah Wilkinson
Sunday 23rd August 2020 at 9:23 am
Wednesday August 19th - only one machine in the car park behind Sainsbury's would accept cash.
David Smith
Tuesday 25th August 2020 at 9:07 am
Who is the "Operator" of these machines and who owns the company?
Does Cheshire East or anyone connected with Cheshire East have any connection with this operator/company?
Laurie Atterbury
Monday 28th September 2020 at 2:45 pm
So, to save £10,000 the council take risks with people’s lives just to save money?

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