'Imminent' parking meters take four months to arrive

PUBLISHED: 13:40 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

MONTHS after they were due to be replaced imminently , parking meters have still not been restored at the Westminster Lodge car parks in St Albans. The meters were vandalised at the beginning of October and were so badly damaged that new ones had to be

MONTHS after they were due to be replaced "imminently", parking meters have still not been restored at the Westminster Lodge car parks in St Albans.

The meters were vandalised at the beginning of October and were so badly damaged that new ones had to be ordered.

People have taken advantage of the free parking ever since, particularly commuters and city-centre workers who have been able to leave their vehicles there free of charge.

Parking is free in the car parks for the first three hours to enable people to use the facilities without any extra charge.

A district council spokesperson said this week that the new meters were manufactured in France and they had now arrived. But the council was waiting now for a supplier to fit them.

In October, the council said the new meters would be installed "imminently" - this week they said it would it be "very soon".


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