Damage being caused by the pay and display parking machines at Broad Street car park in Bath will see the popular site become the first in the city to go cashless from next week.
Bath & North East Somerset Council needs to remove the payment machines due to urgent maintenance problems affecting neighbouring properties, and there are no suitable places in the car park to relocate them.
People using the car park will be able to pay via the MiPermit app which allows them to pay from their 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 available for residents.
Councillor Joanna Wright, joint cabinet member for Transport Services, said: “Our pay and display machines at Broad Street car park need to be removed urgently in order for us to address water leaks affecting neighbouring properties.
“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.”
Staff will be on hand at the car park during the morning of Wednesday 2nd 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 at www.bathnes.gov.uk/residentsparkingsaver.