New payment machines to be installed in rural car parks across Chichester District

Parking payment machines in rural car parks across Chichester District will be updated so that customers can use the latest payment technology.

Work has already started to update facilities in the Bracklesham car park so that customers will be able to pay using card and contactless as well as coins. It is hoped that these facilities will be available in all rural car parks throughout the district by next spring.

This technology has already been introduced at car parks in Chichester city, with positive feedback from customers regarding the flexible payment options.

The machines will also be more environmentally friendly, and will save the council around £10,000 in electricity costs because they operate using solar power. Savings will also be made because fewer coin collections will be needed.

Since introducing the machines in the centre of Chichester there has been a steady increase in the number of people taking up the new options. It is predicted that by the end of the next financial year 30% of all payments will be made using non-cash methods.  People are also able to pay by phone or app using MiPermit, which has proved very popular.

"We want to provide payment options which are modern, innovative and which meet our customers' needs," says Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council. "We are very pleased with how these payment improvements have been received in the city centre car parks so far. It is also very encouraging that since we have introduced the new machines the number of faults reported has reduced significantly.

"Introducing this new technology will make things easier and more flexible for our residents, workers and visitors, and we look forward to rolling out these facilities in our rural car parks over the next few months."

People can find out more about MiPermit

Date of Release: 7 December 2017                          

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