£30,000 bill for introduction of new £1
‘All our parking machines have had the necessary work done to them’
The city council has spent £30,000 updating its parking machines so they accept the new £1 coin.
Mechanisms on 149 meters in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay were changed ahead of the coin’s introduction this week.
The huge bill has come out of local authority funds, with the government offering no financial support. City council spokesperson Rob Davies said: “All our parking machines have had the necessary work done to them, so people can use the new coin.”
The 12-sided coin went into circulation on Tuesday and is described as the most secure in the world.
Leisure centre operator Activelife has spent £6,000 converting its lockers so they accept the new and old £1 coins at Kingsmead Leisure Centre, Whitstable Swimming Pool and Herons Leisure Centre.
Sainsbury’s in Kingsmead Road has fitted its trolleys with new locks and its self-scanning machines have been reprogrammed.
Tesco has left its trolleys unlocked.
The existing £1 coin will cease to be legal tender on October 15.