An extra hour of parking for the London Road?

Echo: About time – Sally Tyrie About time – Sally Tyrie

MOTORISTS could be allowed to park for an extra hour along parts of London Road under council plans.

Large sections of the road, from Southend to Leigh, could see waiting times doubled.

It follows the success of Southend Council introducing two-hour parking in Leigh streets Rectory Grove, Leigh Road and Broadway last year in a bid to boost business.

Restrictions will also be looked at, in the new financial year, in Southchurch Road, under the same review.

Parking is currently limited to one hour in four between 9am and 6pm.

Sally Tyrie, owner of Sally’s Out of Curiosity second-hand shop, in London Road, Westcliff, said it was good news for businesses.

She added: “It’s about time the council did something to help businesses. The parking here is a nightmare.

“We get people who come in here and have a look and, part way through, they have to leave. I even got a timer a couple of years ago so people knew when to go. Two hours parking would be much better.”

Tony Probert, owner of nearby Probert Motors, said: “I’m definitely in favour of that.

“It wouldn’t affect my business too much, but it would help the shops, cafes and restaurants, definitely.”

Servet Kilic, owner of the Lemon Tree restaurant, in Southchurch Road, wrote to the council asking to change the parking restriction times on his road.

He said: “It is really good news if the council will listen, but we need to keep talking about it.”

Cheryl Hindle-Terry, Southend Council’s traffic management team leader, said the council would always look at changing waiting restrictions in roads when it is raised.

She added: “Revising waiting restrictions in the borough typically comes about through a mixture of requests from residents and proactive investigations by our officers.

“Certainly, we’d welcome any sensible suggestions and will always appraise them for both practicality and road safety improvement.”

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8:16am Tue 4 Mar 14

pembury53 says...

most people who shop in leigh are locals..... if they weren't so lazy they could walk..... I know people who use their car for a 200 yard journey, needing to carry no more than a pint of milk and a paper......
most people who shop in leigh are locals..... if they weren't so lazy they could walk..... I know people who use their car for a 200 yard journey, needing to carry no more than a pint of milk and a paper...... pembury53
  • Score: 9

8:31am Tue 4 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Looks to me if you put a For Sale sign in your car you can leave it for as long and on any footpath you want to.
Looks to me if you put a For Sale sign in your car you can leave it for as long and on any footpath you want to. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 6

9:54am Tue 4 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

A few select Garages also welcome the plan.....or will the council do a sneaky and exclude a few black spots., its good for London Road though, but the broadway is not so good now at getting a slot for 20 mins to pop in some where, drive round and round polluting the area.
A few select Garages also welcome the plan.....or will the council do a sneaky and exclude a few black spots., its good for London Road though, but the broadway is not so good now at getting a slot for 20 mins to pop in some where, drive round and round polluting the area. DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Crime Pays says...

I never pay parking fines anyway. Infact I don't pay for anything as I mostly steal things. So the 2 hour rule is like a 2 year rule for me.
I never pay parking fines anyway. Infact I don't pay for anything as I mostly steal things. So the 2 hour rule is like a 2 year rule for me. Crime Pays
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Is the council actually doing anything to encourage any other transport. people may want to use except cars?
Is the council actually doing anything to encourage any other transport. people may want to use except cars? Keptquiettillnow
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1:11am Wed 5 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
Is the council actually doing anything to encourage any other transport. people may want to use except cars?
Yes. They are leaving the potholes to grow and grow and grow.
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: Is the council actually doing anything to encourage any other transport. people may want to use except cars?[/p][/quote]Yes. They are leaving the potholes to grow and grow and grow. Nebs
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