Dorchester Chamber Of Commerce React To Pay On Exit Parking U Turn
7:43am 30th October 2014
Dorchester Chamber of Commerce have been giving Wessex FM their reaction to news that plans for pay on exit parking in the county town have been put on hold for a whole year.
The roll-out was due to be in place by the end of the month.
But yesterday it was revealed that West Dorset District Council has made a major U-turn over the scheme.
President of Dorchester Chamber, Alison Moore told Wessex FM; "We thought it could've given us some great flexibility and another great reason to come to Dorchester. However, for me I think if we take a bit longer we make sure some of the small niggles that haven't been addressed get sorted."
Leader of West Dorset District Council Robert Gould said: "We are making major investment into improving parking in West Dorset car parks as we know how important it is for residents, visitors and the local economy.
"We will be now taking a phased approach to introducing improvements to ensure that we get them right and deliver a reliable service.
"Old unreliable machines will be replaced by brand new machines and these will be installed in phases across the district, starting in Dorchester this November.
"Machines will then be upgraded to take card and contactless payments as soon as security protocols are finalised with our banks.
"Pay on exit parking will be introduced on a trial basis late next year once it is integrated with existing permits and concessions to provide a seamless, fault free system."