Solar-powered ticket machine

market square
market square

Stonehaven will have a new solar-powered ticket machine in the Market Square by the end of July, with an option to pay by chip and pin.

New solar-powered ticket machines are being installed from this month in a number of Aberdeenshire’s main pay and display car parks.

Nineteen machines are being fitted which will be able to accept most major credit and debit card payments via chip and pin.

Aberdeenshire Council also aims to have a “cashless parking” option in place by the end of the year and plans to install electric vehicle charging points.

The introduction of the new services is part of a drive by the council to provide improved parking facilities, which will include CCTV badges for car park patrollers.

Over £70k is being invested in the new technology and a further £30k has been earmarked to support electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said the solar-powered machine is a statement about the council’s sustainability.

He said: “Chip and pin is now a common way for people to pay for many goods and services and should provide added convenience.

“I’m pleased officers are looking at supplementing this with a cashless parking proposal which will allow users to register in advance and pay using mobile phones.

“This all means a ‘hunt for change’ to pay for parking should hopefully be a thing of the past.

“Being solar powered, the new machines also make a positive statement about the council’s approach to sustainability.”

ISC vice-chair, Alan S. Buchan, said: “Car parks are an important resource in all our towns and villages and this technology helps bring them up to date.

“It’s also important our car park patrollers are given the full support they deserve to ensure they can continue to do their work safely and without fear of threat.

“CCTV badges are widely used by other local authorities and many front line staff, including the police, have reported positively on their use.”

The installation of electric vehicle charging points in the main town centre car parks this autumn is part of the council’s approach to supporting the move towards low carbon vehicles.

n Other locations receiving solar ticket machines include Banchory - Bellfield, Peterhead - Broad Street, Fraserburgh - Saltoun Square, Banff - St Mary’s, Turriff - High Street, Ellon - Market Street and Inverurie - Burn Lane.