Council is one of first to introduce contactless card payments in car parks

Parking in Chichester has been made even easier following additional improvements to council owned city centre car parks.

Following the installation of new payment machines, shoppers will now have multiple payment options to choose from: debit and credit card; contactless; coins; and payment by phone. These are available in all city centre car parks, (with the exception of Westgate and Avenue de Chartres car parks where separate arrangements are in use).

Chichester District Council is one of the first councils in the country to introduce contactless payments, introducing the feature in 33 machines across the city centre. This builds on the success of the introduction of payment by phone in January. Since its introduction, over 2,500 accounts have been created with over 4,500 separate transactions.

Chichester's popular Avenue de Chartres car park is also currently being refurbished to further improve safety and accessibility. Improved lighting, the relining of spaces and building improvements are all being introduced.

The work is expected to complete in July, with minor disruption to parts of the car park whilst work is ongoing.

"We all know how frustrating it is when you have no spare change to pay for parking, so it's great that there will now be multiple different payment choices for shoppers to choose from," says Councillor Gillian Keegan, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services. "We are one of the first councils in the country to offer contactless payment.

"In addition to this, the improvements coming to Avenue de Chartres will not only reduce long term maintenance costs, but also enhance safety and accessibility for car park users.

"All of these improvements will continue to make parking in Chichester even easier, safer and more convenient."

More information about where our car parks are located can be found on our website.

Date of Release: 30 March 2017
Reference: 3709