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Pay-on-exit car parks a possibility for Lincoln

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

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Pay on exit car parks could be set up in Lincoln to help the economy.

The idea is one of several options being explored in shaping the city council’s future parking strategy.

It could mean people using certain car parks pay as they leave, rather than the usual pay and display upon arrival.

The concept was mooted at the 6th annual Linking Lincoln City Centre Masterplan conference.

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Kate Ellis, assistant director of planning and regeneration, told the Echo: “We should be able to implement pay on exit parking fairly quickly.

“I would like to think that in a year’s time we are at this conference saying it is the first initiative to come out of the strategy.”

She told delegates that park and ride and ensuring car parks are in the right places for a growing city will be also be looked at.

“Whether all of our car parks remain pay and display or some become pay on exit is going to need looking at,” she said.

“I have to confess I did go to Peterborough for an emergency passport and parked in a pay on exit car park at John Lewis and it was really handy.

“I was there for five-and-a-half hours and it cost me £6.

“We are not talking about a traditional highways parking strategy for Lincoln.

“We need to ensure it allows us to deliver and support our growth strategy for the city.”

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  • Phil1W  |  October 19 2012, 2:05PM

    The only pay on exit car parks I've come across charge for an extra hour if you go over by a minute. Lincoln County hospital being one example. N.C.P. also use the same ripoff system. What will happen is that you will go and park your car. Then when you want to leave you will get behind a queue of people messing around looking for change at the payment machine and your carefully planned 45 minutes of parking will turn into 61 minutes and cost you two hours parking. And of course these car parks will be barier controlled so you will not be able to get out until you have paid up. The car park attendants of course will be down Orchard Street signing on as they will be surplus to requirement. The phone number displayed to ring if you have any complaints will probably be premium rate just for good measure.

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  • benpoole  |  October 19 2012, 10:42AM

    I hope they are also considering the idea put forward by Conservative councillor Richard Davies regarding free parking for a certain period. A radical idea guaranteed to bring business and customers back into our wonderful city.

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  • simonlincs  |  October 19 2012, 9:48AM

    Surely this is a fairer system,you only pay for what you use,they should make it even simpler and fairer by charging you by the minute at just one fixed rate.At the moment these companies are charging for a fixed time service which most people don't use all of and then somebody else parks in that spot and the companies are then getting paid double for the same space....

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