Car parking costs go up across Rochford district

Car parking costs go up across Rochford district

Car parking costs go up across Rochford district

First published in News

CAR parking charges will increase in Rochford District Council pay and display car parks on Monday, August 4, as a result of budget constraints.

However, the council will be keeping free Saturday afternoon parking.

Parking charges will also be introduced for all Blue Badge holders, to ensure the council complies with the Equalities Act 2010.

The Act requires all Blue Badge holders to be treated equally when concessions are granted, as previously only those with road tax exemption parked free.

The changes mean that all Blue Badge holders will be required to pay for parking, however, providing the badge is displayed in the vehicle, they will be granted a one hour concession beyond the expiry time printed on their pay and display ticket to account for mobility issues.

Rochford District Councillor for enterprise, Mike Steptoe, said: “It is unfortunate that we have had to increase car parking charges, but this is the reality of the budget constraints we face.

"We have had to make some extremely tough decisions following recent cuts to our funding.

“However, I am pleased that we have managed to maintain free Saturday afternoon parking in our pay and display car parks, after a £60,000 saving was identified from a contingency fund put in place with the introduction of the Local Council Tax Support Scheme.

"There has been no increase in the cost for season ticket holders, or in the charge for a full day’s parking.

"We have also increased the time visitors can park in the Old Ship Lane car park.”

The new charges are as follows:

30 minutes - 50p

1 hour - £1.00

2 hours - £1.70

3 hours - £2.40

4 hours - £2.90

5 hours - £3.60

Daily - £5.00 (no change)

No charge increases have been applied for season ticket holders.

The maximum length of stay at the Old Ship Lane car park, in Rochford, has been extended from two hours to four hours.

There were no changes to the parking charges at The Approach car park or Hockley Woods car park.

Paying for Parking By Mobile Phone Rochford District Council has changed its service provider to ‘PayByPhone’ the new number to call is 0330 400 7275.

Alternatively, you can text ‘REG’ followed by a space and then your vehicle registration number to 65565, or go to paybyphone.co.uk to register your details.

Or you can download the free ‘PayByPhone app’ from Google play, Blackberry or the iPhone app store. Click on the sign up button to register your details and pay for your parking.

This replaces the previous service provider – Metric Mobile – and applies to all car parks operated by Rochford District Council.

For full details go to: www.rochford.gov.uk/parking_and_travel/car_parks

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3:11pm Fri 1 Aug 14

AuldGit says...

I hope they aren't applying it to main roads; two lots of road works in Ashingdon Road on Tuesday meant I was virtually parked in backed up traffic for well
over half an hour!
I hope they aren't applying it to main roads; two lots of road works in Ashingdon Road on Tuesday meant I was virtually parked in backed up traffic for well over half an hour! AuldGit
  • Score: 3

3:12pm Fri 1 Aug 14

AuldGit says...

I hope they aren't going to apply it to main roads - two lots of roadworks in Ashingdon Road on Tuesday meant I was virtually parked in backed-up traffic for over half an hour.
I hope they aren't going to apply it to main roads - two lots of roadworks in Ashingdon Road on Tuesday meant I was virtually parked in backed-up traffic for over half an hour. AuldGit
  • Score: 3

3:18pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Audioman says...

Should be £5.00 per hour and more at the weekends too,
and Sunday's
Should be £5.00 per hour and more at the weekends too, and Sunday's Audioman
  • Score: -7

4:06pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Timneo says...

An excellent reason to stop using local shops and just drive to Tescos. The roadworks have made Rochford pretty much unpassable anyway.
An excellent reason to stop using local shops and just drive to Tescos. The roadworks have made Rochford pretty much unpassable anyway. Timneo
  • Score: 7

4:22pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

The more money raised this way the less which needs to be gained from council tax so car parking charges are great.

And no-one shops in the big supermarkets now that's why they are making local convenience supermarkets...
The more money raised this way the less which needs to be gained from council tax so car parking charges are great. And no-one shops in the big supermarkets now that's why they are making local convenience supermarkets... Jack222
  • Score: -3

6:45pm Fri 1 Aug 14

VeteranOfMany says...

High time those blue badge I'll park where I like started paying to park, the amount of times I've seen so called disabled drivers park up and get out as fit as a fiddle..
High time those blue badge I'll park where I like started paying to park, the amount of times I've seen so called disabled drivers park up and get out as fit as a fiddle.. VeteranOfMany
  • Score: -2

7:12pm Fri 1 Aug 14

John Right says...

Certainly got the nose for a bargain,
Certainly got the nose for a bargain, John Right
  • Score: -1

11:35pm Fri 1 Aug 14

southendmike says...

VeteranOfMany - those of us Blue Badge Holders who are genuinely disabled (I walk slowly with two sticks as a result of a spinal cord injury and surgery) get really pi$$ed off when we see people abuse Disabled Parking Spaces also. I've been sworn at (and threatened) more than once when I've challenged the sort .of cretin you're referring to. ASDA security staff will not challenge such abusers as (I have been informed) one of their colleagues was viciously assaulted at an ASDA store "up north somewhere" having challenged such an abuser.
VeteranOfMany - those of us Blue Badge Holders who are genuinely disabled (I walk slowly with two sticks as a result of a spinal cord injury and surgery) get really pi$$ed off when we see people abuse Disabled Parking Spaces also. I've been sworn at (and threatened) more than once when I've challenged the sort .of cretin you're referring to. ASDA security staff will not challenge such abusers as (I have been informed) one of their colleagues was viciously assaulted at an ASDA store "up north somewhere" having challenged such an abuser. southendmike
  • Score: 5

6:18am Sat 2 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

Rayleigh next..
Rayleigh next.. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 3

7:06am Sat 2 Aug 14

SARFENDMAN says...

Unfortunate picture chosen to go with this piece. When did you see a happy smiley person feeding a car parking machine,
Unfortunate picture chosen to go with this piece. When did you see a happy smiley person feeding a car parking machine, SARFENDMAN
  • Score: 4

11:42am Sat 2 Aug 14

sesibollox says...

What an odd hairdo
What an odd hairdo sesibollox
  • Score: 2

5:00pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

He's not smiling, he's crying, as being the local Rabbi, he never has to pay ?
He's not smiling, he's crying, as being the local Rabbi, he never has to pay ? Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: 1

10:39pm Sat 2 Aug 14

woolstone says...

One way to kill a high street.
One way to kill a high street. woolstone
  • Score: 1

6:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

dhd says...

southendmike wrote:
VeteranOfMany - those of us Blue Badge Holders who are genuinely disabled (I walk slowly with two sticks as a result of a spinal cord injury and surgery) get really pi$$ed off when we see people abuse Disabled Parking Spaces also. I've been sworn at (and threatened) more than once when I've challenged the sort .of cretin you're referring to. ASDA security staff will not challenge such abusers as (I have been informed) one of their colleagues was viciously assaulted at an ASDA store "up north somewhere" having challenged such an abuser.
My father has a blue badge as he's in his seventies and only has one lung. Just because you can't physically see someones disability it doesn't mean they haven't got one.
[quote][p][bold]southendmike[/bold] wrote: VeteranOfMany - those of us Blue Badge Holders who are genuinely disabled (I walk slowly with two sticks as a result of a spinal cord injury and surgery) get really pi$$ed off when we see people abuse Disabled Parking Spaces also. I've been sworn at (and threatened) more than once when I've challenged the sort .of cretin you're referring to. ASDA security staff will not challenge such abusers as (I have been informed) one of their colleagues was viciously assaulted at an ASDA store "up north somewhere" having challenged such an abuser.[/p][/quote]My father has a blue badge as he's in his seventies and only has one lung. Just because you can't physically see someones disability it doesn't mean they haven't got one. dhd
  • Score: 1

8:24pm Mon 4 Aug 14

southendmike says...

dhd wrote:
southendmike wrote:
VeteranOfMany - those of us Blue Badge Holders who are genuinely disabled (I walk slowly with two sticks as a result of a spinal cord injury and surgery) get really pi$$ed off when we see people abuse Disabled Parking Spaces also. I've been sworn at (and threatened) more than once when I've challenged the sort .of cretin you're referring to. ASDA security staff will not challenge such abusers as (I have been informed) one of their colleagues was viciously assaulted at an ASDA store "up north somewhere" having challenged such an abuser.
My father has a blue badge as he's in his seventies and only has one lung. Just because you can't physically see someones disability it doesn't mean they haven't got one.
Sorry dhd - my gripe is with those selfish oafs who don't have a Blue Badge yet still abuse the Disabled Parking Bays.

My (late) father-in-law contracted TB during WW2 and as a result had a lung removed. He had a Blue Badge and, like your father, showed no outward symptoms other than being short of breath from time to time.

I agree wholeheartedly with your comment: "Just because you can't physically see someones disability it doesn't mean they haven't got one."
[quote][p][bold]dhd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southendmike[/bold] wrote: VeteranOfMany - those of us Blue Badge Holders who are genuinely disabled (I walk slowly with two sticks as a result of a spinal cord injury and surgery) get really pi$$ed off when we see people abuse Disabled Parking Spaces also. I've been sworn at (and threatened) more than once when I've challenged the sort .of cretin you're referring to. ASDA security staff will not challenge such abusers as (I have been informed) one of their colleagues was viciously assaulted at an ASDA store "up north somewhere" having challenged such an abuser.[/p][/quote]My father has a blue badge as he's in his seventies and only has one lung. Just because you can't physically see someones disability it doesn't mean they haven't got one.[/p][/quote]Sorry dhd - my gripe is with those selfish oafs who don't have a Blue Badge yet still abuse the Disabled Parking Bays. My (late) father-in-law contracted TB during WW2 and as a result had a lung removed. He had a Blue Badge and, like your father, showed no outward symptoms other than being short of breath from time to time. I agree wholeheartedly with your comment: "Just because you can't physically see someones disability it doesn't mean they haven't got one." southendmike
  • Score: 0

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