Signs like this one have appeared in a number of places around Main Square car park. They’re probably elsewhere too. And the pay machines display the message ‘you could save up to £1.20 off your parking by downloading… and using the Glide parking app..’
So, you access the App Store, download the app, and off you go. Save, save and save.
Fantastic. But if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. So, a question to our readers. What’s the snag?
Well, as far as we can tell from the poster, from the pay machine message or the app store, there isn’t one. But there is. If you dig into the council’s website, you’ll find:
This is an external promotion and Surrey Heath Borough Council have no control over when the promotion will end.“
So, you’ve handed over your credit card details yet again for what? Well, we’d guess that the promotion won’t last longer than a month, after which there’ll be no savings to be made. Now, we’ve no objection to the various methods of paying for car parking by phone or app. We take advantage of them ourselves. But, given that it’s only a few weeks since the local paper said “Surrey Heath drivers wrongly charged more than £700 for 20 minutes’ parking amid online ticketing malfunction” shouldn’t the council make it clear that the benefits of supplying your credit card details aren’t as great as it might seem? After all, the council is supposed to help residents, not scam them.