Car park will fight closure

Echo: Staying, for now – car park workers John Fry and Louis Larman Staying, for now – car park workers John Fry and Louis Larman

A PARKING firm that serves Southend Airport has pledged to continue operating despite being ordered to close.

Southend Council told Southend Airport Car Park it had to close its premises on Temple Farm Industrial Estate after the Government backed the authority’s decision to refuse planning permission.

The council issued an enforcement notice calling on it to stop trading, but the private company, which is independent of the airport, has appealed the notice, allowing it to continue to operate until any hearing.

Owner Lorraine Larman said: “The company is doing so well.

There is definitely a demand for it. Repeat customers are 95 per cent of our business. People like our service and I’m not going to go down without a fight.”

The firmstarted collecting customers’ cars from the airport and parking them on a disused plot off Coopers Way, despite having no planning permission, in June last year. It had used land off Progress Road from April.

The council refused a retrospective application for the car park this April as the plot is earmarked for industrial or employment use and a Government planning inspector backed its decision.

The inspector will now decide whether the council’s enforcement notice to shut the 200-space car park is valid.

Mrs Larman said: “We are a really good business. We have employed lots of people.”

The firm employs ten people and is looking for four new drivers.

David Norman, chairman of the cross-party group of councillors that turned down the application, said: “The council was clear the area it has occupied was a zone for industrial and employment use, not a car park.

“Now the Government inspector has upheld the decision, they really ought to, in everyone’s interest, up stumps and leave.”

Mrs Larman said the firm would find new premises, if its Coopers Way site was closed.

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12:27pm Wed 11 Dec 13

j-w says...

This is just plain stupid. So many empty industrial units around Southend, it matters not that this one is being used for car parking, at least it is providing jobs and paying tax/ business rates etc.
This is just plain stupid. So many empty industrial units around Southend, it matters not that this one is being used for car parking, at least it is providing jobs and paying tax/ business rates etc. j-w

1:35pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Ian P says...

j-w wrote:
This is just plain stupid. So many empty industrial units around Southend, it matters not that this one is being used for car parking, at least it is providing jobs and paying tax/ business rates etc.
There is also clearly a need for its services, or it would be empty.
[quote][p][bold]j-w[/bold] wrote: This is just plain stupid. So many empty industrial units around Southend, it matters not that this one is being used for car parking, at least it is providing jobs and paying tax/ business rates etc.[/p][/quote]There is also clearly a need for its services, or it would be empty. Ian P

2:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Hope the council use the Northern Island initiative and dump 5 tonnes of aggregates at the entrance and exits of this illegal car park
Hope the council use the Northern Island initiative and dump 5 tonnes of aggregates at the entrance and exits of this illegal car park Nowthatsworthknowing

3:35pm Wed 11 Dec 13

SARFENDMAN says...

Do think when all done and dusted in the bigger picture and rights and wrongs that some competition is healthy otherwise it's a licence for the airport to run a monopoly and charge what they like.
Do think when all done and dusted in the bigger picture and rights and wrongs that some competition is healthy otherwise it's a licence for the airport to run a monopoly and charge what they like. SARFENDMAN

4:59pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

This mob just need to send a few more trays of pies in as well as several morecrates of ale per week
This mob just need to send a few more trays of pies in as well as several morecrates of ale per week Howard Cháse

6:46pm Wed 11 Dec 13

jolllyboy says...

What stbart wants
Stobart gets.
Pity it is not bringing people into the town
only taking them out.
Its money into the town that is needed.
Private enterprise should not be halted.
What stbart wants Stobart gets. Pity it is not bringing people into the town only taking them out. Its money into the town that is needed. Private enterprise should not be halted. jolllyboy

8:57pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Nebs says...

What a rubbish decision. The council refused a retrospective application for the car park this April as the plot is earmarked for industrial or employment use....

What about the JAAP, online at
http://minutes.south
end.gov.uk/akssouthe
nd/images/att20244.p
df
which tells us all about the fantastic employment opportunities that will be created outside the airport. This seems to be a good one, and the councils reaction is to close it down.
What a rubbish decision. The council refused a retrospective application for the car park this April as the plot is earmarked for industrial or employment use.... What about the JAAP, online at http://minutes.south end.gov.uk/akssouthe nd/images/att20244.p df which tells us all about the fantastic employment opportunities that will be created outside the airport. This seems to be a good one, and the councils reaction is to close it down. Nebs

9:54am Thu 12 Dec 13

Broadwaywatch says...

SARFENDMAN wrote:
Do think when all done and dusted in the bigger picture and rights and wrongs that some competition is healthy otherwise it's a licence for the airport to run a monopoly and charge what they like.
And possibly at the back of this and behind closed doors that's maybe what its all about.
[quote][p][bold]SARFENDMAN[/bold] wrote: Do think when all done and dusted in the bigger picture and rights and wrongs that some competition is healthy otherwise it's a licence for the airport to run a monopoly and charge what they like.[/p][/quote]And possibly at the back of this and behind closed doors that's maybe what its all about. Broadwaywatch

12:22pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Broadwaywatch says...

And possibly at the back of this and behind closed doors that's maybe what its all about.
And possibly at the back of this and behind closed doors that's maybe what its all about. Broadwaywatch

3:05am Fri 13 Dec 13

blucky says...

This is a sick joke, This firm is creating local jobs,paying rates and rent, and doing what Souhend council was trumpeting about "bringing extra work into the town, where as their partner Stobart has repaid the councils trust for giving them the airpqrt lease for just £1, by knocking them for the £162.000 rent which is almost a year late. two Southend councillors have stated Andrew Moring"it does not matter if the rents not paid,we will just charge interest"(what planet does he live on ? if you lived in a council home and owed rent like that they would have the bailiffs banging on your door ! and David Norman suggesting that the car park people disappear from his view and take there jobs and rent and rates out of southend.after all these business parks are all boomiing,(I think not ,most are half empty !
This is a sick joke, This firm is creating local jobs,paying rates and rent, and doing what Souhend council was trumpeting about "bringing extra work into the town, where as their partner Stobart has repaid the councils trust for giving them the airpqrt lease for just £1, by knocking them for the £162.000 rent which is almost a year late. two Southend councillors have stated Andrew Moring"it does not matter if the rents not paid,we will just charge interest"(what planet does he live on ? if you lived in a council home and owed rent like that they would have the bailiffs banging on your door ! and David Norman suggesting that the car park people disappear from his view and take there jobs and rent and rates out of southend.after all these business parks are all boomiing,(I think not ,most are half empty ! blucky

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