It was always obvious free parking for up to two hours in Selsey would create a loss because the cost of installing ticket machines and checking parking tickets would exceed the amount taken from drivers who parked for more than two hours.
It does not need a degree – or even a GCSE – in economics to see that!
It seemed to me from the beginning that charging anything for parking in Selsey would be the thin end of the wedge.
There would be a loss and then the council would want to charge for the first two hours as well.
Now the council has actually made a loss, no doubt there will be pressure to charge for the first two hours.
On the contrary, a better solution would be to abandon all charges.
Reduce the loss by saving the cost of maintaining and emptying the machines and checking tickets.