Pay and display machines are being removed from a busy Bath car park making it the first cashless parking facility in the city.

Bath & North East Somerset Council said it will be removing the machines at Broad Street car park from 2 October.

A spokesperson said it was due to “urgent maintenance problems affecting neighbouring properties”, and added that there are no suitable places to relocate them.

The spokesperson added: “People using the car park will be able to pay via the MiPermit app which allows them to pay from the comfort of their own car when they pull into a space, avoiding having to queue at a meter.

“MiPermit also enables drivers to top-up their parking up to the maximum time available if they think they will not get back to their car in time. The 10p service charge per transaction will be removed and there is also a 10% discount scheme for residents.”

‘Water leaks’

Councillor Joanna Wright, joint cabinet member for Transport Services, said the pay and display machines needed to be removed urgently in order for the council to address water leaks affecting neighbouring properties.

She added: “As there are no safe alternative locations available, we are removing the machines completely and the car park will become cashless as part of our Digital by Choice programme.

“We are encouraging drivers to switch to the MiPermit app ready for this change. Residents using an account linked to their address can take advantage of the 10% discount in daily charges via the Residents’ Parking Saver discount scheme.”

The council said that staff would be on hand at the car park during the morning of 2 October to support customers with the change.

Nearby car parks will continue using a cash pay and display system, the nearest location is Cattle Market car park in Walcot Street.

The council already has cashless on-street locations at both Grand Parade and Alexandra Park.

More information for Bath residents using a MiPermit account linked to the Residents’ Parking Saver scheme can be found on the Bath & North East Somerset Council website.

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