Newlands Corner parking meters vandalised in second incident of its type since August

October 11, 2018
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Parking meters at Newlands Corner have been vandalised in what is the second incident of its type in Surrey since controversial parking charges were introduced.

People looking to park at the popular beauty spot found they were unable to use the parking machine to pay as it had been vandalised.

Pictures taken on Wednesday (October 10) show a notice attached to the meter which says: “Due to vandalism this machine is currently not in use”.

It comes after a similar incident in Chobham Common in August, when three parking meters and two signs were vandalised, costing £3,000 in repairs.

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The meters at Newlands Corner were installed at the beginning of July and came into operation on July 9 after the county council decided to introduce rural parking charges. The scheme was put into action county-wide on July 30.

The charges are meant to generate £200,000 a year, but common car parks have been empty since they were introduced and it seems unlikely anywhere near that amount of money will be raised.

Surrey Live has launched a petition asking the council to scrap the charges. You can sign the petition here.

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Surrey County Council has been approached for comment.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/newlands-corner-parking-meters-vandalised-15265871


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