Pay by phone to be introduced in Council car parks
Published: Friday, 18 December, 2015
There’s good news for anyone who has struggled to find the correct change in the district’s car parks. In January, visitors to Stroud, Painswick and Stonehouse will be able to pay using their mobile phones when they park in Stroud District Council car parks. The council will become the latest authority to use the MiPermit scheme, which is already in use in other parts of the country including council car parks in Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cotswold district, and for on-road parking throughout Gloucestershire.
Ashley Nicholson, of Stroud District Council, said:
“Paying by phone provides an additional, convenient way to pay. Furthermore, motorists can also send a text to extend their stay, so they don’t have to rush back to their car, allowing them to stay longer in our towns.”
The pay by phone facility will be available in all council car parks from Friday 8 January, including the Merrywalks car park in Stroud, which is in the process of being converted into a pay and display car park, as the old ‘pay on foot’ system is replaced. Using the pay by phone system will cost an extra 20 pence on top of the normal cost of parking.
Mr Nicholson added:
“The usual way of paying using coins will continue. This is just an additional option which gives people more flexibility.”
Free parking will continue in the council’s Brunel Mall multi-storey car-park after 3pm.