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Sheffield Council to spend £70k upgrading parking machines

Sheffield City Council has said it will spend £70,000 to upgrade its parking meters in the city centre to allow them to accept new 5p and 10p coins.

The council in South Yorkshire said its machines only accept old coins.

The new coins which are in circulation are heavier due to being made of steel compared to the old mint, a combination of copper and nickel.

The Local Government Association said the city was one of the worst affected.

Sheffield Council said it would upgrade the machines in a phased approach and would not consider changing parking fees to accommodate the new mint.

'Very difficult'

Councillor Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for environment and transport, said the timing could not be any worse for the council, as it sought to make savings.

"It's very difficult when we've got decreasing income from parking across the city which could help fund the changes we need to make to the machines."

Mr Bramall said the public did have the option to pay for parking using their mobile phone, however an additional fee would be applied.

"It shouldn't be a huge problem for people but we recognise that it does add some inconvenience."

Last year the Local Government Association estimated that councils across England and Wales would need to spend about £5.5m to update ticket machines.

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