They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and this seems to the case with the recently decommissioned lollipop parking meters in Hastings.
First installed in the city in about 1996 the lollipop meters have been removed this year because they were beginning to fail, and they couldn’t be upgraded because their mechanical inserts are no longer being made.
About 500 were removed and have been replaced with new, automated pay-by-plate paperless parking technology.
The lollipop meters will eventually be sent to a scrap metal recycling facility, but in the meantime they are in demand as a nostalgic collectors’ item.
Anyone from individuals to private museum owners from across the country have been calling Hastings District Council asking to buy the old meters.
To quench the demand, the council will be selling them for $25 each for the single head meters, $35 for the double head meters, the money received to be put towards the costs of the new pay-by-plate machines.
The lollipop heads and supporting poles (limit two per customer), minus the coin canister and key, will be available at the Henderson Rd transfer station, Hastings from Monday, March 16.
16 January 2023
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