Now third car park will be 'pay on exit' system
THE owners of Torquay's Fleet Walk complex have welcomed the news that Torquay is to get a third pay on exit car park.
Torbay Council has confirmed the system will be introduced in Lower Union Lane car park next spring.
This follows the system being installed in the council's own Terrace car park.
Fleet Walk has had a pay on exit system for many years and manager John Seymour, centre manager at Fleet Walk Shopping Centre, said it had brought many benefits.
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He said: "Fleet Walk Shopping Centre's pay on foot car parking system was initially installed in April 2000. A new system was subsequently installed in 2010 and has been a huge success.
"The customer experience has greatly improved because shoppers don't have to rush back to the car park before their ticket expires.
"If they wish to stay longer there is an additional premium charged in the form of the next displayed tariff.
"Since we installed the system we have found loyal customers stay longer whereas those who know what they want and where to find it are making use of the 30 minute tariff. This, coupled with a simple pricing structure, has won over the hearts and minds of local stakeholders.
"We must look after the locals as well as cater for the influx of tourists.
"We at Fleet Walk welcome the change in policy by the council and believe introducing a Pay on Foot system to a second car park will only strengthen the system we have had for over 12 years."
Fleet Walk Shopping Centre is managed by DTZ, part of Australian firm UGL.