PARKING ticket machines at a popular park were found to be broken on the first day of new charges.

As of today, Brighton and Hove City Council has introduced new parking charges at Stanmer Park.

But pictures show visitors looking puzzled in the Lower Lodges car park next to the playground at the site today, as the machines were not working.

A council spokesman said: “We were due to introduce parking charges at Stanmer Park today, but there has been a problem with the card payment machines.

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“We are working to resolve this and we expect them to be fully working tomorrow. Alternative methods of payment are available using pay by phone and app.

“We have stopped enforcement in the affected car parks for the period the machines are out of action.

“Income from parking charges is ring-fenced for Stanmer and will be used to continue to improve the management and maintenance of the park.”

The council said the new charges are being introduced "in response to concerns from residents and visitors about parking problems in the park during the day".

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The measures are designed to protect the heritage of the Grade II listed historic park and garden, which is currently undergoing a £5.1 million restoration project.

All income from car parking charges will be ring fenced for use in Stanmer Park and the wider estate for maintenance of the park.

The new charges vary depending on time and location but will range from £1 for an hour to £6.50 for 11 hours.

Visitors are not allowed to park on the grass, park roadways, verges or pavements, the council has said.