Controversial pay to park meters will go cashless

Eastbourne Parking meters SUS-141007-131036001
Eastbourne Parking meters SUS-141007-131036001

Unpopular pay to park machines around Eastbourne will soon become cashless.

Highways officials say that digging around for the correct change to feed parking machines may be a thing of the past thanks to the introduction of cashless parking.

East Sussex County Council will add the alternative payment method to on street parking in Eastbourne from July 21. Machines in Lewes and Hastings will also be converted.

The county council has signed up with RingGo to offer shoppers, visitors and residents the option of paying for parking with credit or debit cards using a smartphone app, text message or by phone. The scheme will also be extended to the Seven Sisters Country Park car park.

Customers will be able to park their car, contact RingGo by smartphone app, phone, SMS or online, and pay the parking charge. They will even be able to extend their stay without returning to their car.

Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment, said, “This new system will offer a simple alternative for motorists to pay by card from their mobile phone.

“As well as making it easier for drivers to pay for on-street parking, the system will also allow them to top up their time without having to walk back to their car.”

For motorists parking regularly in on-street bays, there is an option to pre-register online or by using the RingGo smartphone app, giving their vehicle’s make, registration number and colour and payment details.

Alternatively people can register at the time of parking by using the RingGo app or calling the number advertised on the machines. There will also be an optional text reminder service. For a cost of 10p, customers can be notified 10 minutes before their parking time is due to run out enabling them to extend their stay.

When the new system launches, posters will be placed on all on-street parking machines with instructions.