Council review ‘static shock’ Forum car park complaints

JPCT 200813 S13341315x Blackhorse way, Horsham. Car park ticket machine -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 200813 S13341315x Blackhorse way, Horsham. Car park ticket machine -photo by Steve Cobb
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Something shocking is happening at The Forum multi-storey car park in Horsham town centre.

A number of customers have complained to Horsham District Council (HDC) about receiving a static shock when collecting their tickets from the machine.

This week HDC confirmed it had asked the equipment supplier to look into any possible fault with the machine, place at the top of car park’s entrance ramp.

Customers took to the Horsham Facebook page to air their concerns and warn others. One post by Daz said he had suffered ‘quite a belt’ when pressing the ticket button.

He called for assistance after and claims he was advised to drive up the ramp more slowly to avoid the static charge.

Abbie Nicholls wrote in reply: “I got a terrible shock last week!! The ticket didn’t come out 1st time the so had to push it again and was petrified!!”

Sarah Kilminster said she keeps a plastic pen in my car so she does not have to touch the button because she was ‘fed up with getting electric shocks’.

This week HDC said it had launched a review into the machine.

A spokesperson said: “Horsham District Council has been made aware of a number of isolated cases of electrical issues at The Forum car park in Horsham.

“The council has previously asked that the equipment supplier look into this and no electrical fault was found with the entry barrier equipment. There is a possibility that cars speeding up the entry ramp could cause static electricity build up, which we are currently reviewing.”