Off-peak parking free next winter

Echo: Tony Cox, councillor responsible for parking, John Lamb, councillor responsible for regeneration, and Paul Thompson, chairman of Southend Seafront Traders' Association, at the Fairheads Green car park Tony Cox, councillor responsible for parking, John Lamb, councillor responsible for regeneration, and Paul Thompson, chairman of Southend Seafront Traders' Association, at the Fairheads Green car park

FREE off-peak parking will be offered on Southend seafront in a bid to boost trade for bars and restaurants.

Southend Council is to trial free parking after 6pm at the Seaway, Western Esplanade and Fairheads Green car parks between October 1 and March 1 next year, to encourage year-round trade.

Tony Cox, councillor responsible for for transport, said: “It is encouraging people to use Southend as a year-round attraction.

“I believe Southend has a lot to offer in the summer and the winter months.

“Hopefully more people will come during off-peak times if we scrap parking charges.”

The trial discount, agreed after intense lobbying from seafront traders, will bring the council’s beachfront car parks in line with those in the town, which are already free after 6pm.

Owners of pubs and amusement arcades in Marine Parade have complained they are the poor relation of the High Street, especially after 31 parking spaces were lost in the £7.6million City Beach revamp.

The council is trying to extend the town’s busy summer period and hopes the trial, which could be made permanent if successful, will help attract visitors to events such as the weekly fireworks in October and November.

Paul Thompson, chairman of Southend Seafront Traders’ Association, said: “It’s good news.

“It’s great the council has managed to do this and hopefully in the future it will carry on and be free after 6pm along the seafront through the summer too.”

Simon Patterson, joint-owner of Chinnerys, one of the Marine Parade pubs that could benefit, said: “It will definitely benefit the evening trade.

“Anything they do to reduce charges is welcome.”

John Lamb, Southend councillor responsible for regeneration, said: “People might not be coming during off-peak times because of the parking charges.

“Hopefully we are going to see a rise in visitors who come and spend their money during those periods.”

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10:17am Tue 28 Jan 14

Happy Chickie says...

Hmmm, how come next year? Why not now seeing as things are slowly picking up. And why not offer free parking in peak times?
Hmmm, how come next year? Why not now seeing as things are slowly picking up. And why not offer free parking in peak times? Happy Chickie
  • Score: 10

10:30am Tue 28 Jan 14

QuestionTime says...

Why not free car parking at the Cliffs Pavilion / Shorefield Road end of the seafront? (Still have to pay after 6pm here) There's not a lot on offer in the winter along Western Esplanade so I wouldn't expect too many people are going to jump in their cars and rush to the arcades.
Why not free car parking at the Cliffs Pavilion / Shorefield Road end of the seafront? (Still have to pay after 6pm here) There's not a lot on offer in the winter along Western Esplanade so I wouldn't expect too many people are going to jump in their cars and rush to the arcades. QuestionTime
  • Score: 11

12:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Wendy, Westcliff says...

Western Esplanade stretches along to The Leas so hopefully this proposal will be of benefit to all the seafront cafes, not just the golden mile arcades?
Western Esplanade stretches along to The Leas so hopefully this proposal will be of benefit to all the seafront cafes, not just the golden mile arcades? Wendy, Westcliff
  • Score: 6

1:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

live in westcliff says...

About time too!
About time too! live in westcliff
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Tue 28 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer?

Typical council mentality - behind the times.

Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.
Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all. RochfordRob
  • Score: 2

2:00pm Tue 28 Jan 14

RobertFS says...

RochfordRob wrote:
Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.
That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more.
Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so!
What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours?
That might revitalise the dying high street.
Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter.
Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.[/p][/quote]That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more. Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so! What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours? That might revitalise the dying high street. Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter. Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street. RobertFS
  • Score: 4

2:08pm Tue 28 Jan 14

emcee says...

Too little. The High Street needs help too. In fact, arguably more so.
Too little. The High Street needs help too. In fact, arguably more so. emcee
  • Score: 9

2:28pm Tue 28 Jan 14

whataday says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
Hmmm, how come next year? Why not now seeing as things are slowly picking up. And why not offer free parking in peak times?
Exactly what I thought.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: Hmmm, how come next year? Why not now seeing as things are slowly picking up. And why not offer free parking in peak times?[/p][/quote]Exactly what I thought. whataday
  • Score: 2

3:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Happy Chickie says...

emcee wrote:
Too little. The High Street needs help too. In fact, arguably more so.
Oh I agree. It does look sad and unloved with betting shops, pound shops and coffee shops.If we had a vibrant bustling high street, everything would fall into place.

Does anyone know why the council loves grey paving so much?
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Too little. The High Street needs help too. In fact, arguably more so.[/p][/quote]Oh I agree. It does look sad and unloved with betting shops, pound shops and coffee shops.If we had a vibrant bustling high street, everything would fall into place. Does anyone know why the council loves grey paving so much? Happy Chickie
  • Score: 4

3:07pm Tue 28 Jan 14

RochfordRob says...

RobertFS wrote:
RochfordRob wrote: Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.
That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more. Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so! What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours? That might revitalise the dying high street. Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter. Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street.
I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than drive to Lakeside or wherever and wander about with other like minded sheeple with nothing better to do save graze and shop for over priced rubbish they neither need nor want.

Factor in the time and fuel vesus what, a couple of quid in a meter and a five minute drive - it's a no brainer.

Rate increase of 10%?? where did you pluck that little gem from??

They are sp*nking 200K a year on a car to spy on parkers.....er......
.....sorry, 'raise revenue'.....ooops no, 'enforce parking' yeah,erm thassit, that one.

WAFLOOB
[quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.[/p][/quote]That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more. Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so! What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours? That might revitalise the dying high street. Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter. Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street.[/p][/quote]I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than drive to Lakeside or wherever and wander about with other like minded sheeple with nothing better to do save graze and shop for over priced rubbish they neither need nor want. Factor in the time and fuel vesus what, a couple of quid in a meter and a five minute drive - it's a no brainer. Rate increase of 10%?? where did you pluck that little gem from?? They are sp*nking 200K a year on a car to spy on parkers.....er...... .....sorry, 'raise revenue'.....ooops no, 'enforce parking' yeah,erm thassit, that one. WAFLOOB RochfordRob
  • Score: -4

4:24pm Tue 28 Jan 14

RobertFS says...

RochfordRob wrote:
RobertFS wrote:
RochfordRob wrote: Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.
That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more. Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so! What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours? That might revitalise the dying high street. Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter. Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street.
I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than drive to Lakeside or wherever and wander about with other like minded sheeple with nothing better to do save graze and shop for over priced rubbish they neither need nor want. Factor in the time and fuel vesus what, a couple of quid in a meter and a five minute drive - it's a no brainer. Rate increase of 10%?? where did you pluck that little gem from?? They are sp*nking 200K a year on a car to spy on parkers.....er...... .....sorry, 'raise revenue'.....ooops no, 'enforce parking' yeah,erm thassit, that one. WAFLOOB
10% was just a guess to be honest. My guess anyway would be an increase in rates so whether it is 10% or more but unlikely to be less.
The rest of your missive took a little time to translate.
In my experience the prices at B/w & L/s differ very little from Southend. If you don't want to shop there my guess is that you don't shop anywhere!
Take it of leave it! To my mind these sites are a better shopping experience but i have to say i would only do it a couple of times a year so therefore not really expensive.
It might be for my children but i think they adopt the same criterian (cost/choice/result/
satisfaction) as i do.
[quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.[/p][/quote]That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more. Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so! What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours? That might revitalise the dying high street. Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter. Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street.[/p][/quote]I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than drive to Lakeside or wherever and wander about with other like minded sheeple with nothing better to do save graze and shop for over priced rubbish they neither need nor want. Factor in the time and fuel vesus what, a couple of quid in a meter and a five minute drive - it's a no brainer. Rate increase of 10%?? where did you pluck that little gem from?? They are sp*nking 200K a year on a car to spy on parkers.....er...... .....sorry, 'raise revenue'.....ooops no, 'enforce parking' yeah,erm thassit, that one. WAFLOOB[/p][/quote]10% was just a guess to be honest. My guess anyway would be an increase in rates so whether it is 10% or more but unlikely to be less. The rest of your missive took a little time to translate. In my experience the prices at B/w & L/s differ very little from Southend. If you don't want to shop there my guess is that you don't shop anywhere! Take it of leave it! To my mind these sites are a better shopping experience but i have to say i would only do it a couple of times a year so therefore not really expensive. It might be for my children but i think they adopt the same criterian (cost/choice/result/ satisfaction) as i do. RobertFS
  • Score: 0

5:45pm Tue 28 Jan 14

brogmalog says...

It would be great to see some free parking near the High Street - even if it's just for half an hour. I had a Debenhams bill to pay this week and didn't fancy having to pay to park for what would be a 5min job. A walk in the rain wasn't too appealing either so I waited until Sunday and drove to Bas where I could park for free! Southend really needs to do something to encourage shoppers back...
It would be great to see some free parking near the High Street - even if it's just for half an hour. I had a Debenhams bill to pay this week and didn't fancy having to pay to park for what would be a 5min job. A walk in the rain wasn't too appealing either so I waited until Sunday and drove to Bas where I could park for free! Southend really needs to do something to encourage shoppers back... brogmalog
  • Score: 3

5:55pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Free parking for two hours all year round borough wide
Free parking for two hours all year round borough wide Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Tue 28 Jan 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Too little, too late, who in their right mind would want to venture to that in winter PMSL
Too little, too late, who in their right mind would want to venture to that in winter PMSL You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 0

9:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

RobertFS wrote:
RochfordRob wrote:
Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.
That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more.
Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so!
What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours?
That might revitalise the dying high street.
Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter.
Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street.
good idea i like it, and agree i would rather drive to lakeside too.
[quote][p][bold]RobertFS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RochfordRob[/bold] wrote: Why wait until next Winter when the traders are likely to be busy this Spring and Summer? Typical council mentality - behind the times. Southend is meant to be a tourist venue? Then welcome tourists - free parking for all.[/p][/quote]That frankly is naive unless of course you want the rates increase by 10% or more. Happy to pay for more tourists/day trippers to Southend? I don't think so! What would make sense if the council allowed free parking in high street car parks and surrounding car parks for a period of 2 hours? That might revitalise the dying high street. Some of us would rather drive to Lakeside or Bluewater to enjoy the day without concerning ourselves about how long we have on the meter. Shopping for two hours in Southend for free might persuade many who need to reduce fuel consumption to return to the high street.[/p][/quote]good idea i like it, and agree i would rather drive to lakeside too. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

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