'Better late than never' for car park card payments

By Frederick Till, Jan 30, 2020 2:01

Close up of a credit card.

The Welsh Liberal Democrat-Green Group on Powys County Council has welcomed the imminent introduction of card payments in 17 Powys car parks.



The installation of card payment machines was confirmed by Councillor Heulwen Hulme, Portfolio Holder for Environment, following a question asked by Welsh Liberal Democrat Cllr for Hay, Gareth Ratcliffe at today’s Council meeting (23rd January 2020). However, in an email to Glasbury Cllr James Gibson-Watt, on 29th August 2020, Cllr Phyl Davies (then Portfolio Holder for Highways, Waste and Recycling) had stated that they were “anticipating a timescale of 6-8 weeks for installations.”

Cllr Gareth Ratcliffe, Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor for Hay, said:

 “This is good news for residents, businesses and visitors in the communities that will benefit from finally having access to 21st Century payment methods when using their local car parks. This, long overdue, change will make these car parks more accessible.

“Card payments are particularly important in places like Hay, that no longer has a bank branch and where the only ATM machine comes with transaction charges, meaning that there is no access to free cash withdrawal.”

Cllr James Gibson-Watt, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Powys County Council, added:

“Better late than never. We are glad that card payments are being introduced, but it is not clear why we have had to wait many months longer than expected.”


The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats are campaigning for an end to ATM transaction charges. See their petition here:https://www.brlibdems.org.uk/hay-cash


The full list of car park locations where card payment machines are due to be installed is as follows:

  • Church St, Welshpool
  • Berriew St, Welshpool
  • Severn Stars, Welshpool
  • Gravel, Newtown [2 machines]
  • Back Lane, Newtown
  • Maengwyn St, Machynlleth
  • Dark Lane Rhayader
  • Mount St, Llanidloes
  • High St, Llandrindod
  • Knighton Hotel, Knighton
  • Oxford Rd, Hay [2 machines]
  • The Groe, Builth Wells
  • The Watton, Brecon
  • George St, Brecon [2 machines]
  • Beaufort Rd, Crickhowell
  • Kensington, Brecon
  • Canal Rd, Brecon

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