Rochford district councillor brands increased parking charges as 'suicidal'

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ROCHFORD District Council has given the go-ahead to raise parking charges – despite abstentions by ruling Tory councillors, one of whom dismissed the rise as “suicidal”.

The Conservative council voted for a 25 per cent increase in the hourly rates and charging for Saturday afternoon parking, currently free in town centres.

The 80p per hour fee will rise to £1.

The plan was passed by 14 votes to seven, with 11 abstentions and seven absentees at an extraordinarymeeting on Tuesday.

Liberal Democrat councillor for Downhall and Rawreth, Chris Black, voted against the charges and said he had hoped for more support from those who abstained.

He said: “I respect the people who abstained, but if they had voted against, it would have been thrown out.

“It was good to see we got 11 abstentions. We were very close to winning it. I have been on the council for 29 years and I have never seen a vote like that.”

Cheryl Roe, Conservative district councillor for Rayleigh Central, who also sits on Rayleigh Town Council, was among ten Conservatives who abstained, rather than vote for the plan.

Mrs Roe said: “To have a Saturday afternoon parking charge brought back is suicidal, in my opinion.

“But residents need to know that we are for Rayleigh and part of the town council for that reason.

"I have lived here all my life, nearly 50 years, and I love this town.

“The Conservative group decision was to approve the charges, but I could not agree with that.”

Rayleigh Town Council chairman Ian Ward, who also abstained, said he was disappointed with the result.

He said: “We have complied with the rules. We had a very full debate within our group, but at the end a different approach has been taken.”

Rayleigh’s long-running Wednesday market has been credited with increasing people using the High Street.

The town council is allowed to hold ten Saturdaymarkets a year and is planning Italian, vintage and farmers’ markets, which could be hit by the increase.

Rayleigh Market spokesman Trevor Day said: “I can’t see why they’re changing it, because people just won’t go so they won’t get anything from the charges.

"Everyone will go to Lakeside, where there’s free parking.”

The new charges will be introduced across the district on April 1 and are expected to raise around £1.4 million a year by 2018/19.

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8:51am Fri 31 Jan 14

QuestionTime says...

QuestionTime says...

Short sighted, greedy, and a take, take, take council!
What are our local MP's doing to for their constituents........

.oh yes that's right.......NOTHING!

Score: 8

Democrat says...

Well I guess I'll just have to shop at out of town stores with free parking and let Rochford shops die. Or, they make parking free for the first hour EVERY day so that business improves enough to pay slightly more business rates. Or, we just vote out the losers.
Score: 7

Gridlock2 says...

Quote 'It says it is “to encourage the turnover of parking and make available more spaces for visitors”.'

Well they will achieve their stupid aim there - there will be plenty of empty spaces. To go along with empty shops quite soon I would imagine. The council would rather satisfy their greed than have thriving town centres.
Score: 9

QuestionTime says...

25% increase plus the 10,000% (think this is right) increase on Saturday afternoons, how does this help the people who have to use the car parks when at work, doubt their pay packets will see any increase!
Score: 4

InTheKnowOk says...

They're shooting themselves in the foot if you ask me ..
Score: 5

stonybrig says...

wont be shopping in rochford anymore,why cant RDC see what the affect this will have on the small business,s around the town, IDIOTS !!!!
Score: 5

Mattster says...

Sadly local councils are largely populated by incompetent, arrogant, self serving morons and RDC is no exception. The proposals will impact negatively on the town.
Score: 1

Nebs says...

Mattster wrote:
Sadly local councils are largely populated by incompetent, arrogant, self serving morons and RDC is no exception. The proposals will impact negatively on the town.
The council staff will still get their paychecks every month. Why should they worry about small businesses.
Score: 0

Britanniaman says...

I think there's a Doctor's surgery at that car park what people need to use so they know some people have no choice to pay when going to see the Doctor.
Score: 0
QuestionTime says... Short sighted, greedy, and a take, take, take council! What are our local MP's doing to for their constituents........ .oh yes that's right.......NOTHING! Score: 8 Democrat says... Well I guess I'll just have to shop at out of town stores with free parking and let Rochford shops die. Or, they make parking free for the first hour EVERY day so that business improves enough to pay slightly more business rates. Or, we just vote out the losers. Score: 7 Gridlock2 says... Quote 'It says it is “to encourage the turnover of parking and make available more spaces for visitors”.' Well they will achieve their stupid aim there - there will be plenty of empty spaces. To go along with empty shops quite soon I would imagine. The council would rather satisfy their greed than have thriving town centres. Score: 9 QuestionTime says... 25% increase plus the 10,000% (think this is right) increase on Saturday afternoons, how does this help the people who have to use the car parks when at work, doubt their pay packets will see any increase! Score: 4 InTheKnowOk says... They're shooting themselves in the foot if you ask me .. Score: 5 stonybrig says... wont be shopping in rochford anymore,why cant RDC see what the affect this will have on the small business,s around the town, IDIOTS !!!! Score: 5 Mattster says... Sadly local councils are largely populated by incompetent, arrogant, self serving morons and RDC is no exception. The proposals will impact negatively on the town. Score: 1 Nebs says... Mattster wrote: Sadly local councils are largely populated by incompetent, arrogant, self serving morons and RDC is no exception. The proposals will impact negatively on the town. The council staff will still get their paychecks every month. Why should they worry about small businesses. Score: 0 Britanniaman says... I think there's a Doctor's surgery at that car park what people need to use so they know some people have no choice to pay when going to see the Doctor. Score: 0 QuestionTime
  • Score: 13

9:01am Fri 31 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Ms roe said "it's suicidal" but abstained rather than oppose...... great to see politicians standing up for what they believe in......
Ms roe said "it's suicidal" but abstained rather than oppose...... great to see politicians standing up for what they believe in...... pembury53
  • Score: 17

9:11am Fri 31 Jan 14

AuldGit says...

Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.
Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick. AuldGit
  • Score: 9

9:44am Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

AuldGit wrote:
Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.
If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....
[quote][p][bold]AuldGit[/bold] wrote: Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.[/p][/quote]If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving.... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -18

10:36am Fri 31 Jan 14

AuldGit says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
AuldGit wrote:
Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.
If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....
If we all thought like you, GPs would be inundated with home visits!
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AuldGit[/bold] wrote: Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.[/p][/quote]If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....[/p][/quote]If we all thought like you, GPs would be inundated with home visits! AuldGit
  • Score: 10

10:41am Fri 31 Jan 14

maxell says...

After all the hype and the promise of thousands of people all waiting to come to southend rochford and surrounding areas , spending their money in our pubs and clubs, a promise from the councils, to raise the prosperity of the area, this promise also coming from the airport yet nothing. The councils have resulted to raise fianance from the motorist by way of parking increases. It is plainly obvious that the airport is one of convienence and nothing more. yet RDC seem to think that there are hundreds of turists parking in out streets, so have implemented permit parking, once again a further stealth tax, RDC attempted tp permit park dwellings only a few hundred yards form the cherry tree, with a claim that people are leaving their cars and walking to the airport (yeah of course)
Rochford is struggeling,with traffic issues, so it would seem that rochford in an attempt releive the area of traffic are increasing the parking tolls to keep people away, this is a dispicaple council and a vote of no confidence should fall upon them, roll on the next election.
as always my opinion. over to the next comment
After all the hype and the promise of thousands of people all waiting to come to southend rochford and surrounding areas , spending their money in our pubs and clubs, a promise from the councils, to raise the prosperity of the area, this promise also coming from the airport yet nothing. The councils have resulted to raise fianance from the motorist by way of parking increases. It is plainly obvious that the airport is one of convienence and nothing more. yet RDC seem to think that there are hundreds of turists parking in out streets, so have implemented permit parking, once again a further stealth tax, RDC attempted tp permit park dwellings only a few hundred yards form the cherry tree, with a claim that people are leaving their cars and walking to the airport (yeah of course) Rochford is struggeling,with traffic issues, so it would seem that rochford in an attempt releive the area of traffic are increasing the parking tolls to keep people away, this is a dispicaple council and a vote of no confidence should fall upon them, roll on the next election. as always my opinion. over to the next comment maxell
  • Score: 6

10:55am Fri 31 Jan 14

Woodenspoon says...

If all these councillors disagreed that much with the charges, then the hell did they abstain from voting???
If you don't do anything about it, then don't moan when it doesn't go the way you would like it to do so.
Now quit your moaning and use your vote/feet to do the talking.
Numpty's, the lot of them.
If all these councillors disagreed that much with the charges, then the hell did they abstain from voting??? If you don't do anything about it, then don't moan when it doesn't go the way you would like it to do so. Now quit your moaning and use your vote/feet to do the talking. Numpty's, the lot of them. Woodenspoon
  • Score: 15

10:58am Fri 31 Jan 14

Hock89 says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
AuldGit wrote: Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.
If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....
What a stupid comment...What about if you're taking kids to the doctors?
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AuldGit[/bold] wrote: Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.[/p][/quote]If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment...What about if you're taking kids to the doctors? Hock89
  • Score: 11

11:44am Fri 31 Jan 14

Little John says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
AuldGit wrote:
Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.
If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....
I have, on occasion, been taken to the doctors in a friends car when I have been too unwell to drive myself. In this case it would not only put out a friend for their time but also cost them to wait for me. Your point does not hold water.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AuldGit[/bold] wrote: Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.[/p][/quote]If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....[/p][/quote]I have, on occasion, been taken to the doctors in a friends car when I have been too unwell to drive myself. In this case it would not only put out a friend for their time but also cost them to wait for me. Your point does not hold water. Little John
  • Score: 12

1:11pm Fri 31 Jan 14

I care about rayleigh says...

A excellent lesson in how to finally kill off Rayleigh High Street. What a pack of selfish, short-sighted, out-of-touch councillors. Add this inflation-busting pariking increase to the equally awful plan to turn Rayleigh into a boozers' paradise - I doubt if I will visit the High Street again. Where do these fools live? Must be in walking distance of the High Street (probably Love Lane, with it's no go entance next to the station, which forces all the traffic up the hill!!) Roll on the election - let's vote these awful people out.
A excellent lesson in how to finally kill off Rayleigh High Street. What a pack of selfish, short-sighted, out-of-touch councillors. Add this inflation-busting pariking increase to the equally awful plan to turn Rayleigh into a boozers' paradise - I doubt if I will visit the High Street again. Where do these fools live? Must be in walking distance of the High Street (probably Love Lane, with it's no go entance next to the station, which forces all the traffic up the hill!!) Roll on the election - let's vote these awful people out. I care about rayleigh
  • Score: 4

2:10pm Fri 31 Jan 14

iknowbetter says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
AuldGit wrote:
Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.
If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....
If there were a prize for the most idiotic post you have won!!!
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AuldGit[/bold] wrote: Very good point about the Doctor's Surgery. The Council imposing tax on the sick.[/p][/quote]If your that sick, to warrant a visit to the Doctor's, you shouldn't be driving....[/p][/quote]If there were a prize for the most idiotic post you have won!!! iknowbetter
  • Score: 10

2:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Makes it easier, as a pound will save people worrying about having change,
Makes it easier, as a pound will save people worrying about having change, You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -8

2:43pm Fri 31 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Makes it easier, as a pound will save people worrying about having change,
Also if you can't afford a pound for parking, go away, this parking is for the retail businesses, not for patients, not for people out to look, but for people wishing to visit one of the many classy shops, in the area.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: Makes it easier, as a pound will save people worrying about having change,[/p][/quote]Also if you can't afford a pound for parking, go away, this parking is for the retail businesses, not for patients, not for people out to look, but for people wishing to visit one of the many classy shops, in the area. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -10

4:50pm Fri 31 Jan 14

susie5 says...

Well! There goes my Saturday afternoon shopping in Rayleigh.
Well! There goes my Saturday afternoon shopping in Rayleigh. susie5
  • Score: 3

6:33pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

RIP Rochford. Empty shops, empty roads. EPIC FAIL!!
RIP Rochford. Empty shops, empty roads. EPIC FAIL!! Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Fri 31 Jan 14

heartbeat says...

The roads to Lakeside are going to be busy!!! Most people I know who live in the Southend area drives there already to avoid parking fees/fines. I used to go to Rayleigh instead sometimes to avoid the charges if I could get what I wanted there. No point whatsoever now. At least it might improve the horrendous traffic jams in Rayleigh as people won't go there to shop I suppose. Are there going to be charges in the evening which will hit the boozers too, or is it just the shoppers they are going to hit?
The roads to Lakeside are going to be busy!!! Most people I know who live in the Southend area drives there already to avoid parking fees/fines. I used to go to Rayleigh instead sometimes to avoid the charges if I could get what I wanted there. No point whatsoever now. At least it might improve the horrendous traffic jams in Rayleigh as people won't go there to shop I suppose. Are there going to be charges in the evening which will hit the boozers too, or is it just the shoppers they are going to hit? heartbeat
  • Score: 1

11:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

woolstone says...

Fed up with Rochford District Council, more house being built, travellers site trying to be forced on to us, all street lighting to be turned off at midnight (too early) so we can fall up and down kerbs when we return home at night or drive down pot holes we can't see, new car park charges coming into force. Does anyone know if we can have our own Rayleigh District Council now really fed up with being under Rochford
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Fed up with Rochford District Council, more house being built, travellers site trying to be forced on to us, all street lighting to be turned off at midnight (too early) so we can fall up and down kerbs when we return home at night or drive down pot holes we can't see, new car park charges coming into force. Does anyone know if we can have our own Rayleigh District Council now really fed up with being under Rochford . woolstone
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Sat 1 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

woolstone wrote:
Fed up with Rochford District Council, more house being built, travellers site trying to be forced on to us, all street lighting to be turned off at midnight (too early) so we can fall up and down kerbs when we return home at night or drive down pot holes we can't see, new car park charges coming into force. Does anyone know if we can have our own Rayleigh District Council now really fed up with being under Rochford
.
You may have the solution in your own hands..Move!
[quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Fed up with Rochford District Council, more house being built, travellers site trying to be forced on to us, all street lighting to be turned off at midnight (too early) so we can fall up and down kerbs when we return home at night or drive down pot holes we can't see, new car park charges coming into force. Does anyone know if we can have our own Rayleigh District Council now really fed up with being under Rochford .[/p][/quote]You may have the solution in your own hands..Move! ThisYear
  • Score: 0

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