For those looking to clock a bargain, the council’s quarterly long stay parking clocks for 1 April – 30 June are on sale and offer excellent value for money for regular users of the council’s car parks.

The quarter long stay clock costs £25 and can be used in any of the council’s town or village car parks including amenity (coastal) car parks. The clock allows parking in a short stay bay for up to three hours and parking in a long stay bay for more than three hours (up to the individual car park’s maximum stay). This provides parking at a rate of less than £2 per week.

Glynne Miles, New Forest District Council’s head of customer and financial services, said: “We are one of the very few councils to offer parking clocks. They offer very good value for money and are more cost effective than pay and display if you regularly use the council’s car parks.”

The easiest way to purchase a clock is through the council’s website newforest.gov.uk/parkingclocks

Alternatively, you can call customer services on 023 8028 5000 or visit any council office or leisure centre.

An annual short stay clock (January – December) is also available for £20. These can be used in any town and village car park. Motorists can park for up to three hours on as many occasions as they like throughout the district, for less than 40p per week.