Ban on seaside parking sparks anger

Ban on seaside parking sparks anger

Ban on seaside parking sparks anger

First published in Local News

“LUDICROUS” parking restrictions will ban seaside visitors from using a popular car park during the summer.

About 20 spaces on Eastern Esplanade, which are usually taken up by tourists and residents in the summer, are now off limits.

Castle Point Council used to be in charge of the bays, at the Seaview Avenue end of Eastern Esplanade, but didn’t have the manpower to enforce regulations banning parking between 9am and 8pm from Good Friday to September 30.

But the South Essex Parking Partnership has taken control of the spaces and has decided to enforce the restrictions.

Andrew Cameron, of Eastern Esplanade, said: “It’s ludicrous.

This is a public car park. I can’t understand why they would want to stop people parking there.

There’s nowhere for them to buy a ticket. They are making money out of fining people.”

The parking wardens will also stop residents parking along roads off Eastern Esplanade. The closest car park for residents will be Lubbins, in Eastern Esplanade, which will now also charge drivers during the summer under new Castle Point Council rules.

Dave Blackwell, leader of Canvey Island Independent Party, said: “This is ridiculous.

Bureaucracy is ruining commonsense.

“It will be outrageous if they do it. It’s the only car park in that area for people to walk their dogs, take their kids to the play area, and walk along the seafront.

“There’s also the sailing club there which has demand for parking and those visiting residents in Beach House Gardens.

“It’s totally wrong and total nonsense. Haven’t they got anything better to do?

“There’s less and less parking for people, there’s more cars on the road and they are making it more difficult for people to park.

“They need to get their act together and be more lenient.”

A spokesperson for South Essex Parking Partnership said: “The partnership is enforcing what is legally enforceable.

“In order to prevent congestion in the area, parking restrictions are imposed during what are deemed to be the busiest times of the year.

“This would have been as a result of requests from residents living in the local vicinity.”

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3:03pm Tue 6 May 14

Cockle says...

It isn't the enforcement agency's fault; they are contracted to enforce the restrictions which are currently in place, the fact that CPC didn't enforce them is neither here nor there.

The correct way to deal with this is to ask the appropriate department at CPC to review the Traffic Regulation Order currently in force for this area as to its current suitability and amend it. The local Councillor would also be a good contact. Traffic Regulation Orders are frequently reviewed and amended so if support is there and it is not a problem then amendment should follow. Will take a little while as TRO changes have to be advertised.
It isn't the enforcement agency's fault; they are contracted to enforce the restrictions which are currently in place, the fact that CPC didn't enforce them is neither here nor there. The correct way to deal with this is to ask the appropriate department at CPC to review the Traffic Regulation Order currently in force for this area as to its current suitability and amend it. The local Councillor would also be a good contact. Traffic Regulation Orders are frequently reviewed and amended so if support is there and it is not a problem then amendment should follow. Will take a little while as TRO changes have to be advertised. Cockle
  • Score: 12

3:20pm Tue 6 May 14

Mattster says...

Whats the point of parking spaces which you arent allowed to park in?
Whats the point of parking spaces which you arent allowed to park in? Mattster
  • Score: 14

4:51pm Tue 6 May 14

sesibollox says...

Thin strip of land, dig it up, and return it to nature
Thin strip of land, dig it up, and return it to nature sesibollox
  • Score: 2

5:33pm Tue 6 May 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Surely that old Pub the Windjammer could use its large carpark, to be used, as it's always empty.
Surely that old Pub the Windjammer could use its large carpark, to be used, as it's always empty. Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

6:07pm Tue 6 May 14

Kim Gandy says...

All parking charges are null and void under the British Bill of Rights 1689 - "That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void".

Although slimy lawyers have managed to wriggle out of it on technicalities when it has been used in court cases.

I find the whole idea of exorbitant parking charges totally abhorrent and the little Hitlers who patrol these places even worse.

By far the worst rob dogs are Euro Car Parks who use cameras to snap your registration on entry and exit.

There is just no respite from being robbed from all angles in this country. Not a day goes by without you're being fleeced in one way or another.
All parking charges are null and void under the British Bill of Rights 1689 - "That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void". Although slimy lawyers have managed to wriggle out of it on technicalities when it has been used in court cases. I find the whole idea of exorbitant parking charges totally abhorrent and the little Hitlers who patrol these places even worse. By far the worst rob dogs are Euro Car Parks who use cameras to snap your registration on entry and exit. There is just no respite from being robbed from all angles in this country. Not a day goes by without you're being fleeced in one way or another. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

6:12pm Tue 6 May 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

IMO it is more like just the residents park there and monopolise the spaces
What would be probability of a space at 9am weekends or bank holiday
IMO it is more like just the residents park there and monopolise the spaces What would be probability of a space at 9am weekends or bank holiday Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 3

7:44pm Tue 6 May 14

iknowbetter says...

A spokesperson for South Essex Parking Partnership said: “The partnership is enforcing what is legally enforceable.
**
YES but why?

“In order to prevent congestion in the area, parking restrictions are imposed during what are deemed to be the busiest times of the year.
*
Hahahaha congestion? what a load of old baloney. If ever you have had the misfortune of travelling around Leighbeck area during the School run and on match days, do they enforce the parking restriction, NO! so why not? if they can enforce a strip of land that has never caused a problem before now then why can they not enforce real restrictions where parents park on double yellows outside a school causing mayhem for anyone travelling that road, oh and there is GMD's how is it these area's of parking restrictions are never enforced. Talk about getting priorities all mixed up. This Council is a laughing stock and it gets worse year in year out.
A spokesperson for South Essex Parking Partnership said: “The partnership is enforcing what is legally enforceable. ** YES but why? “In order to prevent congestion in the area, parking restrictions are imposed during what are deemed to be the busiest times of the year. * Hahahaha congestion? what a load of old baloney. If ever you have had the misfortune of travelling around Leighbeck area during the School run and on match days, do they enforce the parking restriction, NO! so why not? if they can enforce a strip of land that has never caused a problem before now then why can they not enforce real restrictions where parents park on double yellows outside a school causing mayhem for anyone travelling that road, oh and there is GMD's how is it these area's of parking restrictions are never enforced. Talk about getting priorities all mixed up. This Council is a laughing stock and it gets worse year in year out. iknowbetter
  • Score: 13

8:54pm Tue 6 May 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Every town centre with struggling cafés, restaurants and white washed windows owes a debt of gratitude to short term thinking councils making parking a premium activity
Every town centre with struggling cafés, restaurants and white washed windows owes a debt of gratitude to short term thinking councils making parking a premium activity Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 8

10:56pm Tue 6 May 14

the25man says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
All parking charges are null and void under the British Bill of Rights 1689 - "That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void".

Although slimy lawyers have managed to wriggle out of it on technicalities when it has been used in court cases.

I find the whole idea of exorbitant parking charges totally abhorrent and the little Hitlers who patrol these places even worse.

By far the worst rob dogs are Euro Car Parks who use cameras to snap your registration on entry and exit.

There is just no respite from being robbed from all angles in this country. Not a day goes by without you're being fleeced in one way or another.
What are you on about there are no Parking fees on this piece of ground.
Your rant about parking fees is irrelevant
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: All parking charges are null and void under the British Bill of Rights 1689 - "That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void". Although slimy lawyers have managed to wriggle out of it on technicalities when it has been used in court cases. I find the whole idea of exorbitant parking charges totally abhorrent and the little Hitlers who patrol these places even worse. By far the worst rob dogs are Euro Car Parks who use cameras to snap your registration on entry and exit. There is just no respite from being robbed from all angles in this country. Not a day goes by without you're being fleeced in one way or another.[/p][/quote]What are you on about there are no Parking fees on this piece of ground. Your rant about parking fees is irrelevant the25man
  • Score: 7

4:39am Wed 7 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

If theres no one to monitor the spaces, there's no one to issue a ticket, so IGNORE THEM AND CARRY ON PARKING
If theres no one to monitor the spaces, there's no one to issue a ticket, so IGNORE THEM AND CARRY ON PARKING carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -4

9:37pm Wed 7 May 14

bazza 1 says...

Richy don't shine shoes no more wrote:
Every town centre with struggling cafés, restaurants and white washed windows owes a debt of gratitude to short term thinking councils making parking a premium activity
Well said mate.
[quote][p][bold]Richy don't shine shoes no more[/bold] wrote: Every town centre with struggling cafés, restaurants and white washed windows owes a debt of gratitude to short term thinking councils making parking a premium activity[/p][/quote]Well said mate. bazza 1
  • Score: 5

12:55pm Thu 8 May 14

Mickysmith says...

Get the bus?
Get the bus? Mickysmith
  • Score: -1

3:23pm Thu 8 May 14

Adrenaline_Junkie says...

I park where I want. And if there is parking enforcement and I get a ticket I couldn't give a sh!t and just don't pay it. Nothing happens apart from the odd threatening letter or two.
I park where I want. And if there is parking enforcement and I get a ticket I couldn't give a sh!t and just don't pay it. Nothing happens apart from the odd threatening letter or two. Adrenaline_Junkie
  • Score: 0

10:58am Mon 19 May 14

TRT says...

Surely, given the location of the sign and the yellow line, the restriction applies to the carriageway, not the paved area off to the side. If it's not clearly marked in accordance with government guidelines, it's unenforceable.
Surely, given the location of the sign and the yellow line, the restriction applies to the carriageway, not the paved area off to the side. If it's not clearly marked in accordance with government guidelines, it's unenforceable. TRT
  • Score: -1

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