Curse of cashless parking: Thought finding a space couldn’t get any more stressful? Now councils are forcing us to pay by phone causing total chaos

As a sufferer of rheumatoid arthritis, Avril Watson finds walking long distances difficult and painful.
And so the 69-year-old was delighted to find a parking space close to the West End theatre where she and her husband were heading for a night out in February this year.
But the minute she tried to buy a ticket, that sense of satisfaction quickly evaporated.
‘We only needed an hour’s parking as it was free after 6.30pm,’ she said. ‘That cost about £4 and in the past I would have fed the meter with some coins and that would have been that.’