The Lynn News of November 13 reports that the council member (in charge of parking) David Pope thinks that reintroducing the use of the keypads on parking ticket machines will “make the system fair for all drivers using the sites”.
What Mr Pope avoided telling us in your interview are the real issues with these keypads in order, I suspect, to paper over a bad business decision by a former council. What are the real issues?
How much extra revenue does the council believe will be received as a result of motorists now having to input their licence numbers into the keypads (and thus preventing evil motorists from giving – or selling – their unexpired time to other evil motorists?
How much of the £180,000 of taxpayer money that the council paid for these machines was attributable to the cost of the keypads and associated electronics (ie. how much less would they have paid for the same number of basic machines that come without keypads)? Our being required to use the keypads will not generate significant additional revenue and will further delay us while getting our parking tickets (waiting for motorists to find their glasses so that they can type in their licence numbers etc.).
This is simply an attempt by the present council to justify an ill-judged capital expense (ie. the additional cost of having keypads on the machines) paid by a former council while providing marginal extra benefit. It will just inconvenience the taxpayers and voters whom Mr Pope and his fellow council members were elected to serve. We must remind the electorate of this when council members next come to us for our votes.
A motorist of West Lynn