£70,000 bill to upgrade Aberdeen’s pay and display for new £1 coin

cost: Aberdeen City Council has 650 machines that will need upgraded.

Council chiefs are having to spend more than £70,000 to upgrade pay and display machines for the new £1 coin.

The 12-sided coin, which resembles the old threepenny coin, will enter circulation on March 28 and has resulted in machinery needing to be upgraded across the North-east.

According to Aberdeen City Council, adapting its machines across the Granite City will cost in the region of £70,000.

There are 650 pay and display machines owned and operated by the local authority.

Work is ongoing to adapt them and has been progressing well, with all council-operated machines expected to be ready by the time the new coin enters into circulation.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “We have been working to ensure our pay machines for parking can take the new £1 coin with old coins due to be removed in October of this year and can confirm that this will be carried out in time.

“The work has been carried out by existing maintenance staff with no impact on their other duties and paid for within existing budgets from the communities, housing and infrastructure directorate. No machines have been deemed as surplus to requirement as a result of £1 upgrade taking place.”

In Aberdeenshire, work to upgrade its parking machines is costing just under £3,900.

The local authority owns and operates 41 pay and display machines.

A spokeswoman from Aberdeenshire Council said: “All the parking meters in Aberdeenshire have been adapted to accept the new £1 coins.

“There are 41 pay and display machines and each cost £95 to modify, which costs £3,895 in total.”

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