Cut-price parking for Leigh, Thorpe Bay and Westcliff

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CUT-PRICE parking will be offered in out-of-town shopping areas in a bid to boost footfall.

Southend Council plans to slash parking charges to 20p for 30 minutes and 50p for an hour in Zone C, which includes Thorpe Bay Broadway, Hamlet Court Road and North Street in Leigh, to help traders despite pressure on its finances.

The Tory administration has also included proposals to freeze parking charges in its town centre car parks in its draft budget.

Council leader Nigel Holdcroft said: “For the third year out of four there will be no rise in current parking charges and in some secondary shopping centres, including Thorpe Bay and Leigh, we will be reducing the parking rates.

“For those parking for up to 30 minutes they will only be charge 20p.”

The minimum charge is currently £1 for an hour in Zone C. Charges for parking for more than an hour will remain the same under the proposals.

The Echo reported in November that the council was considering offering one hour free parking in Thorpe Bay Broadway in response to a campaign by traders and independent ward councillors Ron Woodley, Mike Stafford and Alex Kaye.

More than 2,000 people signed a petition calling for free parking organised by Lee Shah, owner of Nisa Extra, in Broadway, Thorpe Bay.

Mr Woodley pledged to campaign for a full hour of free parking to be introduced, whether in next year’s budget or next’s.

He said: “It’s disappointing they couldn’t find the funding to do that.

“It doesn’t just affect the Broadway, it affects all the shopping areas outside the town centre.

“I will treat it as a stepping stone. If they can’t find the money to change their minds this year, I will push for them to go a step further next year and have the charges reduced further.”

Mr Holdcroft said the council only planned to raise its fees and charges by two per cent overall, despite the pressure on coffers as raising them too dramatically would lead to a drop in usage and thus total income.

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12:10pm Mon 21 Jan 13

InTheKnowOk says...

We pay enough to keep a car on the road as it is ... Stop all parking charges before you kill off our high streets as most people go to Lakeside with free parking and everything under one roof .. Act now before we see even more stores going for the chop !
We pay enough to keep a car on the road as it is ... Stop all parking charges before you kill off our high streets as most people go to Lakeside with free parking and everything under one roof .. Act now before we see even more stores going for the chop ! InTheKnowOk
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12:13pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Alfiee says...

To Late needs to be free like Lakeside. I hate Southend for shopping not fun any more. To scared about handbag getting dipped.
To Late needs to be free like Lakeside. I hate Southend for shopping not fun any more. To scared about handbag getting dipped. Alfiee
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1:05pm Mon 21 Jan 13

mys842 says...

Who wants the rubbish that Thorpe Bay and Leigh Broadway offer?! They're both full of a load of pretentious, boastful people who can afford parking their 4x4s anyway. Parking needs to be reduced in the town centre to stop people shopping out of town. The council are intent on destroying Southend at the expense of a few upmarket shops that no-one knows about apart from locals. The top councillors shop in those locations and therefore are quite happy to keep the prices down. I'm fed up of people out of area thinking Southend and the surrounding vicinity (including Leigh and Thorpe Bay) is a dump because of our ailing high street. It certainly doesn't do the area justice!
Who wants the rubbish that Thorpe Bay and Leigh Broadway offer?! They're both full of a load of pretentious, boastful people who can afford parking their 4x4s anyway. Parking needs to be reduced in the town centre to stop people shopping out of town. The council are intent on destroying Southend at the expense of a few upmarket shops that no-one knows about apart from locals. The top councillors shop in those locations and therefore are quite happy to keep the prices down. I'm fed up of people out of area thinking Southend and the surrounding vicinity (including Leigh and Thorpe Bay) is a dump because of our ailing high street. It certainly doesn't do the area justice! mys842
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1:49pm Mon 21 Jan 13

siddymint says...

The council should help all thier shops with parking just making space.
All shops are struggling and the conservatives of Belfairs have stated that they will resit any improvemnets of parking at shops. What are the others saying
The council should help all thier shops with parking just making space. All shops are struggling and the conservatives of Belfairs have stated that they will resit any improvemnets of parking at shops. What are the others saying siddymint
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2:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Shoebury_Cyclist says...

There's no such thing as 'free' car parking. It's either paid for directly by those parking their cars, or indirectly through everyone else's council tax.
There's no such thing as 'free' car parking. It's either paid for directly by those parking their cars, or indirectly through everyone else's council tax. Shoebury_Cyclist
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2:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Alekhine says...

How much does it cost to maintain an area of tarmac?
How much does it cost to maintain an area of tarmac? Alekhine
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3:55pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Nebs says...

Alekhine wrote:
How much does it cost to maintain an area of tarmac?
Depends who gets the contract.
[quote][p][bold]Alekhine[/bold] wrote: How much does it cost to maintain an area of tarmac?[/p][/quote]Depends who gets the contract. Nebs
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4:14pm Mon 21 Jan 13

jayman says...

too little too late..

It took a lot of lost business rate revenue from businesses going bust throughout the borough to force the councils hand on this issue.

greed leads to loss.
too little too late.. It took a lot of lost business rate revenue from businesses going bust throughout the borough to force the councils hand on this issue. greed leads to loss. jayman
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10:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Almeda11 says...

InTheKnowOk wrote:
We pay enough to keep a car on the road as it is ... Stop all parking charges before you kill off our high streets as most people go to Lakeside with free parking and everything under one roof .. Act now before we see even more stores going for the chop !
They should copy what they do in Germany, there no one pays charges, they don`t have parking meters in the streets!
[quote][p][bold]InTheKnowOk[/bold] wrote: We pay enough to keep a car on the road as it is ... Stop all parking charges before you kill off our high streets as most people go to Lakeside with free parking and everything under one roof .. Act now before we see even more stores going for the chop ![/p][/quote]They should copy what they do in Germany, there no one pays charges, they don`t have parking meters in the streets! Almeda11
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10:38am Tue 22 Jan 13

Maverick06 says...

Free or reduced parking isn't the answer. The quality of the shops is what will bring people back to the High Street.

All these shops blame parking charges, spy cars and Traffic Wardens for the reasons there business is suffering. That's rubbish, the economy is the reason we are all suffering.

The focus should be on a massive cut in business rates and an active drive to offer the main retailers positions on our High Street.

Once the shops are full, put more Police up and down the High Street to make people feel safer and you will soon see people moving back towards local High Street shopping.

Instead of your Councillor just trying to win votes in their little area, why don't they all work together for once to help the town and BRING DOWN BUSINESS RATES!!
Free or reduced parking isn't the answer. The quality of the shops is what will bring people back to the High Street. All these shops blame parking charges, spy cars and Traffic Wardens for the reasons there business is suffering. That's rubbish, the economy is the reason we are all suffering. The focus should be on a massive cut in business rates and an active drive to offer the main retailers positions on our High Street. Once the shops are full, put more Police up and down the High Street to make people feel safer and you will soon see people moving back towards local High Street shopping. Instead of your Councillor just trying to win votes in their little area, why don't they all work together for once to help the town and BRING DOWN BUSINESS RATES!! Maverick06
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2:26pm Tue 22 Jan 13

Cockle says...

I doubt very much that any loss of business rate revenue will have any significant impact on local council decisions whatsoever seeing as the council income from business rates comes through central government.

Business rates are levied through a centrally set Uniform Business Rate applied to a businesses rateable value which is set every five years by the Valuation Office Agency, a central body. The Business Rate due is collected by the Local Authority and forwarded to central Government which pools all the BR income at national level and then distributes it back to the LAs as part of the Revenue Support Grant. This is NOT influenced by the BR raised by any particular authority. This was done to equalise out the distorting effect of one LA having the income from a large BR payer in its area and another having very few. Therefore any LA does not see any direct change in its income from loss of BR collected in its locality as the pain would be shared with all other LAs nationally.

Of course, this also has the effect of insulating any LA from direct impact of loss of BR paying firms within its area.......
I doubt very much that any loss of business rate revenue will have any significant impact on local council decisions whatsoever seeing as the council income from business rates comes through central government. Business rates are levied through a centrally set Uniform Business Rate applied to a businesses rateable value which is set every five years by the Valuation Office Agency, a central body. The Business Rate due is collected by the Local Authority and forwarded to central Government which pools all the BR income at national level and then distributes it back to the LAs as part of the Revenue Support Grant. This is NOT influenced by the BR raised by any particular authority. This was done to equalise out the distorting effect of one LA having the income from a large BR payer in its area and another having very few. Therefore any LA does not see any direct change in its income from loss of BR collected in its locality as the pain would be shared with all other LAs nationally. Of course, this also has the effect of insulating any LA from direct impact of loss of BR paying firms within its area....... Cockle
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