This is how many parking machines are out of action in Swansea and when they will be replaced

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Fourteen parking machines at car parks around Swansea are either not working or only accepting card payments after being targeted by vandals.

Swansea Council has confirmed that it is looking at options to replace all of its 77 pay and display machines early in 2020, after a five-year lease on the machines expired.

One of the locations affected, the Pub on the Pond car park near Swansea boating lake, has had reports of 45-minute waits as the two machines there are unable to accept cash payments.

Both of the machines were targeted by vandals who used a drill to try and steal change from them.

The car park is next to Singleton Hospital, where patients have been experiencing problems with parking recently, leading some to miss their appointments .



People have been queueing for up to 45 minutes at the Pub on the Pond car park in Swansea

A spokesman for Swansea Council said: “The car park at Singleton can get very busy first thing in the morning when we have large groups of students arriving at the same time. This is resulting in queues we don’t tend to see throughout the remainder of the day.

“We have also recently been a victim of vandalism and both payment machines are unable to take coin payments.”

These are the parking machines currently out of action:

1. Knab Rock, Mumbles – 1 machines out of use / 1 machine working

2. Clyne Gardens – 2 machines out of use / none others working

3. The Boating Lake / Pub on the Pond – 2 machines working – card only

4. The Dairy, Mumbles – 1 machine working – card only

5. The Quarry, Mumbles – 1 machine working – card only

6. Strand – 1 machine out of use

7. Post Office, Strand – 2 machines out of use / 1 machine working

8. Paxton Street car park, Maritime Quarter – 1 out of use / 1 machine working

9. Oxford Street – 2 out of use / 3 machines working

10. Bracelet –  1 out of use / 3 machines working

Queues of up to 50 people were reported at Caswell Bay car park in August with people having to wait in scorching temperatures to pay at faulty ticket machines.



Visitors to Caswell Bay waiting in a long line to pay for their parking tickets

Many were worried they would be fined if they were unable to pay with Swansea resident, Michael Eames, saying at the time: “The parking ticket machines were on a go slow due to poor working condition, with over fifty people queuing to pay, taking them up to one hour.

“Other car parking ticket machines in Caswell and  Langland  were also not working properly, causing more mayhem and distress to locals and tourists alike.

“I overheard one visitor from Cambridge saying, ‘it’s as if they don’t want visitors in Swansea, the same happened in  Mumbles  yesterday.”

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21 of the councils 33 parking machines that accepted card payments weren’t working at the time and they couldn’t be repaired because spare parts were no longer available for them.

Councillor Mark Thomas, cabinet member for environment and infrastructure management, said at the time that 75 of the councils parking machines would be replaced with new ones that could accept contactless payments.

Swansea Council is launching a new car parking payment app in the next few weeks and they hope this will make things easier for customers wanting to pay parking fees via their smartphone.



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