Park­ing me­ters don’t ac­cept new £1 coins

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil made a £ 360,000 ‘profit’ from park­ing in the 2015-16 fi­nan­cial year, data analaysed for the RAC Foun­da­tion has re­vealed.

This re­sulted in the coun­cil rank­ing ninth out of Scot­land’s 32 lo­cal author­i­ties.

This is an in­crease of £ 30,000 com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year, when Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil re­ceived £ 330,000 from charges and penal­ties.

An Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil spokesman said: ‘The sur­plus rev­enue re­ceived from off-street park­ing or on-street, through de­crim­i­nalised park­ing en­force­ment, is used for road safety and traf­fic man­age­ment im­prove­ments and to man­age and main­tain our car parks.’

Steve Good­ing, di­rec­tor of the RAC Foun­da­tion, said: ‘Pro­vid­ing and manag­ing the space for us to park is not a cost-free ac­tiv­ity for coun­cils, but con­trol­ling those costs is im­por­tant.’

How­ever, the in­tro­duc­tion of the new 12-sided £1 coin could af­fect this year’s in­take, as the park­ing me­ters in Oban don’t cur­rently ac­cept the new coins.

The Oban Times asked mem­bers of the pub­lic about the new £1 coins on so­cial me­dia.

Lainey Booth said: ‘The me­ter out­side the po­lice sta­tion does not ac­cept them. I tried three dif­fer­ent ones. They don’t work.’

It’s not just the park­ing me­ters. Han­nah Karpin­ski said: ‘ They don’t work in Lidl or Aldi trol­leys.’

And Bryan Simp­son added: ‘Didn’t work in my cof­fee ma­chine at work.’

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