March 25, 2011
MP meets PayPoint boss over availability
MP met with the boss of PayPoint
this week to press for more facilities in the town to top-up electricity
and gas payment keys.
Tessa Munt met Peter Brooker, Head of Corporate Affairs at PayPoint,
in parliament to discuss the availability of payment machines
after Burnham-On-Sea.com first
reported on the lack of facilities last month.
residents in Burnham, including Lyn Salvidge (pictured with Tessa
Munt), say the town is poorly served because just one outlet -
the town's Post Office - offers the facilities to re-charge the
widely-used utility keys.
Tessa said: "Having used PayPoint myself for my gas and
electricity for some years, I understand how important it is to
be able to make top-up payments when you have the money to do
so. Often, these credits are for small sums as you have to stretch
the household budget as far as possible. Its hard to do
that if your PayPoint is only availble during working hours, or
closed at the weekends."
"This problem affects many local residents living in flats,
and the tourists in self-catering accommodation as well."
Tessa discussed the options for installing a PayPoint in Burnham
shops that have extended opening hours and Peter agreed it is
essential to provide more PayPoints locally so members of the
public can access the machines.
Tessa added: "Im grateful to Peter Brooker for coming
to London to discuss extending PayPoint services in Burnham-on-Sea.
I am pleased that PayPoint is genuinely keen to make more machines
available locally so no-one is left without power at any time."
The matter was also discussed by town councillors on Wednesday
(March 23rd), when Cllr Arthur Thorogood proposed that the soon-to-re-open
Tourist Information Centre on Burnham seafront should have a paypoint.
"I think the TIC would be an ideal location for a machine
- it's easily accessible and will be open throughout the week."
Munt is pictured with resident Lyn Salvidge outside Burnham Post