Speculating To Accumulate..?

Or just more woeful handling of public money, mixed with a little soupcon of identity politics?

A controversial plan to scrap the free parking enjoyed by more than 10,000 Blue Badge holders in the New Forest is today at the centre of a new row.

Civic chiefs have been accused of wasting public money after accelerating plans to replace equipment installed only nine years ago.

It seems they need to raise the diversity profile of parking meters.

Yes. Really

But almost 50 ticket machines across the Forest will need to be replaced with modern devices that can be operated by wheelchair users.

The new meters and other alterations to car parks will cost a total of £260,000, which means the scheme will not even pay for itself for more than three years.

And who wants to bet by the time that date rolls round, there’ll be something else planned?

The Tory-run council says the existing machines are nearing the end of their working life and would have been replaced anyway.

However, the Daily Echo can reveal that some of the equipment was not due to be ripped out until 2019.

I wish I could say I was surprised. Maybe the councillors should be investigated for ties to parking meter manufacturing companies?

4 comments for “Speculating To Accumulate..?

  1. Viscount Rectum
    April 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Dont you understand thats what these arsholes are there for, its no good saying civic chiefs, name them

  2. April 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    So if they scrapped parking charges for everyone,, they would save a lot of money?

    • April 26, 2013 at 2:28 pm

      That’s not how it works in the looking-glass world of parking charges.

      We used to have a quaint local custom by which anyone who had a reasonable amount of unexpired time left on a pay-and-display ticket would offer it to a new arrival in the car park. This aroused the ire of local officials, who installed, at vast expense, machines that print the registration number on the non-transferable ticket.

      They then publicly congratulated themselves at preventing the (surely negligible) ‘losses’ caused by ticket-sharing – and announced that charges would have to rise because of the cost of the new machines.

      • Bucko
        April 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        Ha! That sounds like perfect local council logic.

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