No planning permission at new Southend Airport park and ride site

No planning permission at new Southend Airport park and ride site

No planning permission at new Southend Airport park and ride site

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A MAJOR car parking firm is being investigated for setting up a new park and ride service to Southend Airport without planning permission.

Euro Car Parks, which runs a number of sites nationwide, opened its long-term parking facility, in Aviation Way, Southend, about three weeks ago.

The operator launched the service to much fanfare saying cutomers would get a meet and greet service and be able to leave their cars in a secure 24-hour manned parking facility within the grounds of the Athenaeum, a five-star private members health club.

However, it has come to light neither Euro Car Parks or the Athenaeum has permission to operate the service.

John Whitlock, Rochford District Council’s planning manager, said: “Euro Car Parks does not have planning permission here and we have an enforcement investigation in hand.”

David Gleason, senior operations manager at Euro Car Parks, said: “I am unable to comment, but please feel free to contact our client, Nigel Bayliss, the owner of the Athenaeum Club.”

However, Mr Bayliss did not wish to comment. Southend Airport said it did not endorse any off airport operators for parking.

David Lister, operations director, said: “There are no off airport operators endorsed or approved by us, as we feel the airport can offer the most competitive deals for its passengers, therefore we would strongly urge passengers to compare any off site rates with what we can offer.”

Prior to the planning permission issue, Euro Car Parks said it had partnered up with Andrew’s Taxis in Rochford to offer the park and ride service.

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5:32pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Anything with the name "Euro" is bound to be a menace.

Still, it seems people can do exactly as they please in this country these days... unless they're law abiding decent citizens who just happen to accidentally drop something on the pavement or look at somebody the wrong way.
Anything with the name "Euro" is bound to be a menace. Still, it seems people can do exactly as they please in this country these days... unless they're law abiding decent citizens who just happen to accidentally drop something on the pavement or look at somebody the wrong way. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 11

5:51pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Stamper2 says...

More crooks trying to rip everyone off..........
More crooks trying to rip everyone off.......... Stamper2
  • Score: 9

9:03pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Anything with the name "Euro" is bound to be a menace.

Still, it seems people can do exactly as they please in this country these days... unless they're law abiding decent citizens who just happen to accidentally drop something on the pavement or look at somebody the wrong way.
Did you read the article Kim?

Apparently there is a " enforcement investigation in hand"

Which would suggest people "can't do exactly as they please in this country these days"
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Anything with the name "Euro" is bound to be a menace. Still, it seems people can do exactly as they please in this country these days... unless they're law abiding decent citizens who just happen to accidentally drop something on the pavement or look at somebody the wrong way.[/p][/quote]Did you read the article Kim? Apparently there is a " enforcement investigation in hand" Which would suggest people "can't do exactly as they please in this country these days" ThisYear
  • Score: -3

10:13pm Fri 14 Feb 14

QuestionTime says...

If Euro Car Parks apply for permission to offer an alternative to the airports parking facilities I would think Southend Airport would be the first to lodge an objection for fear of losing some revenue. Instead of Stobart having the monopoly on car parking charges at the airport, it would be in the interests of the consumer if alternative parking was available.
If Euro Car Parks apply for permission to offer an alternative to the airports parking facilities I would think Southend Airport would be the first to lodge an objection for fear of losing some revenue. Instead of Stobart having the monopoly on car parking charges at the airport, it would be in the interests of the consumer if alternative parking was available. QuestionTime
  • Score: 5

10:45pm Fri 14 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

A couple of lorry loads of shingle at the entrance should have it sorted, with the firms motors parked inside...
A couple of lorry loads of shingle at the entrance should have it sorted, with the firms motors parked inside... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 4

12:35pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Letmetryagain says...

The Athenaeum Club, Isn't that the place where if you have to ask how much the membership is, you can't afford it ?
The Athenaeum Club, Isn't that the place where if you have to ask how much the membership is, you can't afford it ? Letmetryagain
  • Score: 0

3:24pm Sat 15 Feb 14

RochfordRob says...

ThisYear wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
Anything with the name "Euro" is bound to be a menace.

Still, it seems people can do exactly as they please in this country these days... unless they're law abiding decent citizens who just happen to accidentally drop something on the pavement or look at somebody the wrong way.
Did you read the article Kim?

Apparently there is a " enforcement investigation in hand"

Which would suggest people "can't do exactly as they please in this country these days"
But they HAVE though, haven't they? They are running a business whilst the council fannys about to try and shut them down. A little like the other mob over at Temple Farm, who, as far as I'm aware, remain in operation.

Therefore, they have done as they have pleased. and remain to do so. Until further notice.

Do try and keep up at the back there. Or in your case, 'underneath there'

And since they APPEAR to be in breach of some regulation or another, aren't you morally bound to defend them?

What a dilemma eh?
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: Anything with the name "Euro" is bound to be a menace. Still, it seems people can do exactly as they please in this country these days... unless they're law abiding decent citizens who just happen to accidentally drop something on the pavement or look at somebody the wrong way.[/p][/quote]Did you read the article Kim? Apparently there is a " enforcement investigation in hand" Which would suggest people "can't do exactly as they please in this country these days"[/p][/quote]But they HAVE though, haven't they? They are running a business whilst the council fannys about to try and shut them down. A little like the other mob over at Temple Farm, who, as far as I'm aware, remain in operation. Therefore, they have done as they have pleased. and remain to do so. Until further notice. Do try and keep up at the back there. Or in your case, 'underneath there' And since they APPEAR to be in breach of some regulation or another, aren't you morally bound to defend them? What a dilemma eh? RochfordRob
  • Score: 5

10:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Why do you feel I am morally bound to defend them?
Why do you feel I am morally bound to defend them? ThisYear
  • Score: 1

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