Painfully obvious

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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.

Anthony Tuffin.

Solent Way