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Cornwall no-change parking brings in £300,000 a year

No-change parking meters in Cornwall are making more than £300,000 a year, according to recent Cornwall Council figures.

A freedom of information request has revealed that £11.6 million was paid in parking fees during 2013, £307,293 of which was due to overspends at no-change parking meters. Figures also show that the overspend amount is consistently high, with over £340,000 collected over 2011/2012.

The local authority, run by a Liberal Democrat-Independent coalition suggested that the no-change parking meters were less problematic and costly than the alternative. In a statement, they said: "In Cornwall, there are over 250 pay and display machines in locations from Bude to Porthcurnow and if these machines gave change there would have to be a mechanism to ensure they were continually stocked with sufficient change and to address the situation if they were not."

The authority has confirmed that there are cashless mobile phone payment systems on some machines, which can be used as an alternative method of payment for those without correct change.

In response to the figures, the authority has also highlighted the local departments and services that benefit from the extra money, including transportation requirements such as road maintenance and concessionary bus fare.

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