Permit plan for tourists

By a County Press reporter

Monday, March 24, 2014

 

MEASURES to make it easier for tourists to park on the Island are to be introduced by the Isle of Wight Council.

The permits allow tourists or coach companies to park in any council-run car park for a set period in set towns, ranging from two days or up to 14 days, meaning they don't have to pay for parking each time.

Currently, anyone wanting to purchase a visitor permit can only do so at certain hotels or by contacting the council.

From April 1, the council is making this easier by making the permits available via PayByPhone instead of at selected hotels or via the council. This allows visitors or coach companies to purchase any permits using their mobiles. The council is also making the permits Island-wide and no longer town specific.

Councillor Jon Gilbey, Isle of Wight Council executive member for finance and the PFI contract, said: "Only having the permits available at selected hotels or by calling the council is not meeting modern requirements and needs updating. From April we will have a system in place now that allows people to buy tickets using their mobile and is an expansion to the everyday process many people use on the Island when paying for parking."

David Thornton, chief executive of tourism organisation Visit Isle of Wight said it would help boost tourism.

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