£30,000 bill for in­tro­duc­tion of new £1

‘All our park­ing ma­chines have had the nec­es­sary work done to them’

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Front Page -

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.

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