Windsor & Maidenhead parking {discount} scheme goes dwell

THE Royal Borough’s revised parking discount scheme has gone live as it approved more than 4,600 applications.

Residents can use the RingGo app to get one hour’s free parking at six car parking lots, including Alma Road and Alexandra Gardens in Windsor, Grove Road and West Street in Maidenhead, Horton Road in Datchet, and Meadow Lane in Eton.

More than 4,600 applications have been approved by the council since the scheme opened for applications on February 14.

From today, residents can start using their one hour discount at the selected car parks, which can be activated on the RingGo app or via landline or mobile phone using the automated voice service.

Locals were able to get money off via the discount element from the advantage card but was scrapped in 2020 by the council to save money and the system was ‘open to abuse’.

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Councilor Phil Haseler, cabinet member for parking said he was “pleased” the council can deliver an “affordable and workable” scheme to residents.

He said: “From today, I’m excited that discounted parking has arrived in those car parks, and savvy residents who’ve already joined our scheme can now reap genuine savings when they pay less to park, which I’m sure will be especially welcomed during the current cost of living pressures.

“So residents: please start your discounts. If you’re not already in the scheme, it’s not too late to join the thousands already set to save on parking. It’s essential you first apply for your free permits in order to join and save money on your parking. So don’t miss out on discounted parking. The process is straightforward, but first please read the guidance carefully.”

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Under the scheme, the two Windsor car parks are grouped as one car parking zone and the two Maidenhead car parks form another grouped zone. The car parks at Datchet and Eton are each separate parking zones. These four different zones each have their own RingGo code, displayed on the parking machines.

For more information on the scheme and how to apply, visit Applications only need to be submitted once and last for up to two years. Applicants do not need to have a smartphone to apply for permits or to use the discounts.

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