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I’m furious my council has introduced a new online parking scheme

PENSIONERS in Kent are furious at council’s transfer to an online system for parking.

The modifications by Canterbury City Council means drivers now want the RingGo parking app to park in quite a few council automotive parks.

Sheila Miller (left) and Helen Nattrass are unhappy with the changes

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Sheila Miller (left) and Helen Nattrass are sad with the modificationsCredit: SWNS

These embody automotive parks in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay.

Drivers may cellphone as much as pay, however some are annoyed that they’re being pressured to embrace the new know-how.

74 year-old Sheila Miller who runs an aged sea swimming group at Seasalter thinks the modifications will deter a few of her group from attending.

She mentioned: “It’s ageist and completely discriminatory towards the aged.

“We can’t plead poverty as we will afford vehicles and drive. It’s simply that lots of the aged should not have a smartphone, or know tips on how to use RingGo.”

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This is after a controversial new charging plan was introduced on the Faversham Road automotive park an Seasalter simply this month.

It now prices drivers a mounted price of £1.50 to park through the week and £3 on the weekends.

Miller mentioned: “You want to have the ability to register with RingGo or obtain the app – however many in my group have discovered this inconceivable, and a few have no idea what an app is.

“Putting in bank details on a mobile can be scary for the older generation, as they are afraid of scams.”

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Seasalter swimmer Helen Nattrass mentioned: “I come swimming right here about 4 occasions a week.

“RingGo is ridiculous as it overcharged me. It’s so difficult to use. We’re all from the district yet we get treated like tourists.”

It’s clear there’s wider discontent on the modifications as a few of the new parking indicators on the Faversham Road automotive park have been vandalised with graffiti.

Council spokesman Leo Whitlock mentioned: “While we perceive the actual fact the imposition of new parking fees is rarely standard, the money generated helps pay for the important frontline companies the council offers to those that desperately want our assist.

“Repeatedly defacing the indicators at Faversham Road with graffiti is puerile, a bit pathetic and a clear case of felony harm ought to the perpetrator get caught.

“People without a mobile phone can call 01227 802804 and pay before they leave home.”

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