Speaking as somebody who lives in Barnack and who uses the long stay car parks reasonably often, it is an absolute nightmare trying to get a ticket.
The machines either do not work at all or swallow money without returning it, and no ticket is forthcoming.
You walk around the car park (is it a ploy to get us to exercise?) looking for a working machine, often to no avail. It is a red letter day when it is possible to get a ticket without any aggravation.
The council tell you to ring them or write a note and leave it in your car but that presupposes that you have either a mobile ‘phone or writing equipment about your person.
I have complained bitterly, both to the responsible department in Grantham via email and on one occasion visited the office in Maiden Lane.
I am told if none of the machines are working it is OK to park for free, but I am not prepared to risk a large fine. I think you will find that a lot of people have gripes about this problem and nobody at Grantham seems to want to do anything constructive.
It cost me £4 to park on Friday (I wanted an all day ticket but the first machine ate my £1 so I went to another one).
I understand they are supposed to be getting new machines, will it make any difference? It would be rather nice if, when all the machines are kaput somebody would put up a notice to say that parking is free, you can usually tell when there is a problem because there are so few cars in the car park.
If they want to encourage tourists they should make sure the car parks are user friendly.