No more coins: Cashless parking goes live in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 07:45 03 January 2018

Parking will also increase to a £1 at several locations for an hour: Jonathan Brady/PA

Parking will also increase to a £1 at several locations for an hour: Jonathan Brady/PA

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Residents will not be able to park their car using coins at locations around the borough.

Starting today (Wednesday, January 3) drivers hoping to stop at places including Valentines Park, Fairlop Waters Country Park, and Barkingside Recreation Ground will have to use an app or call up a phone line to pay using a credit or debit card.

The cost of parking will also increase from 70p to a £1 at many locations for an hour.

Redbridge Council called the rise in cost “nominal by comparison with other leisure sites in the capital”.

The move to cashless parking has angered groups in the community with some residents calling the decision isolating and limiting.

Angela Banner of Redbridge Pensioners Forum said it will create anxiety among older residents and actually discourage them from going out.

“We go to the park to reduce stress levels not to be aggravated over parking,” she said.

“We have such lovely green spaces in Redbridge and many people like to go out with their grandchildren.

“Not being able to use coins will cause stress and take the spontaneity out of it - not everyone has mobile access.”

The new cashless system will be run by RingGo and managed by Vision Redbridge.

Councillor Sheila Bain, cabinet member for civic pride, said: “Over 100 local authorities now use this increasingly popular service, which being cashless, prevents theft and damage to parking meters costing us thousands of pounds every year.

“It would actually cost too much to operate both cash and cashless at the same sites, so cash machines will be replaced at most of these sites operated by Vision Redbridge.”

You do not need a smart phone to use the system as you can call RingGo from any phone to pay for parking.

Civil Enforcement Officers then check which vehicles have paid for parking using “special handheld devices”.

Clayhall Park, Ray Park, Wanstead library and Cricklefield Athletics Stadium will also make the change to card.

Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, however, will retain cash parking facilities so that the leisure centre customers can get a refund.

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