10:30AM, Friday 27 May 2016
The Royal Borough cabinet member who has taken over responsibility for parking says he wants to get the faulty Nicholsons car park system – which is still having 'teething problems' – working properly.
The £240,000 system, which was installed in March, is still causing problems for residents trying to park in the town centre.
Parking now comes under the remit of Cllr Carwyn Cox (Con, Hurley and Walthams), cabinet member for environmental services, following changes to the cabinet structure.
Cllr Colin Rayner (Con, Horton and Wraysbury) was previously responsible for the system as cabinet member for highways and transport but stepped down from his role last week, saying he had ‘let the people of Maidenhead down’ following the system’s failings.
Cllr Phill Bicknell (Con, Park) has taken on the highways role.
Cllr Cox said he will be consulting with councillors Rayner and Bicknell.
“Obviously, I need to be briefed but, in relation to the machine, yes, there are still teething problems,” he said.
“We want to work with the officers and get the system working.”
Meanwhile residents are still writing to the Advertiser to complain about the system.
In a letter to the paper, Jayne Clarke described trouble on Monday when the barrier would not recognise her car registration number.
The season ticket which she bought on Friday, May 13, failed to work and she was forced to take a purple token. However the barrier would not open when she tried to leave.
She said: “I pressed the call help button and was told to reverse if possible and pay for today’s parking. I couldn’t as the 5.30pm rush hour had started. I was let out by the attendant but informed that I would have to pay for parking until this matter was sorted.
“The council reply time is 10 working days, by which time my season ticket will be nearing its end date.”
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