State-of-the-art, solar-powered car park meters are to be installed in East Hampshire District Council car parks to give drivers more ways to pay and display.
The council’s Cabinet agreed on Thursday (Feb 4) to spend nearly £110,000 replacing 27 out of date and obsolete coin-only meters in its 13 car parks in Alton and Petersfield.
The new meters will allow people to pay by debit and credit card as well as cash.
Councillors were told that the existing meters were more than ten years old and that parts were no longer available to repair them.
The council has already been testing a new meter in Central Car Park, Petersfield, and will now extend the scheme across its car parks in the district.
Cllr Richard Millard, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Contracts, said: “Our car parks are a vital part of our infrastructure so it is very important that we keep up to date with technology.
“The new meters will give people the best and easiest experience whether they are out shopping, on a business trip or visiting as tourists.”