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I received a handout about the new Byron Bay paid parking scheme today, but it doesn’t answer the obvious question: Will people be able to feed the meter?

At present, when I drive into town, I usually find a park because someone else is pulling out. They have to pull out, because there is no way to extend the one hour (or two hours) they are permitted to park. Unless they are willing to chance a fine.

With the new scheme, when a person’s hour is up, will he or she be able to put another payment in the meter and stay in the same place?

Or if the computer doesn’t allow this, what will happen if he or she moves his or her car to an adjacent street? At present this is allowed, of course. Will the computer block paying a new fee there?

If meter feeding is possible, I predict that the number of available spaces will drop dramatically. Although it may be expensive, people will clog up the spaces for long periods.

It seems to me, if Council is going to the expense of a handout, they should at least answer the obvious questions.

 Charles MacFarland, Ewingsdale

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