Parking review could see more charges and fines for motorists

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EXTRA fines, more residents parking schemes and additional pay and display charges could be introduced across Castle Point in a bid to generate more income.

The proposals, suggested by the South Essex Parking Partnership, have been drawn up in a bid to alleviate budget pressures following concerns Castle Point Council will incur a major shortfall over the next six years.

Based on current trends, Castle Point could lose £92,741 by 2019, an average deficit of £15,457 a year.

The parking partnership has suggested the authority:
- Introduce additional residents parking schemes
- Additional pay and display parking schemes
- Giving out more penalty notice charges or parking tickets
- Improving absence levels of staff and subsequently penalty charge notice rates
 

The South Essex Parking Partnership estimates an additional £3,800 could be generated by issuing an extra 200 parking fines each year.

The report states: “Increasing income from introducing Resident’s Parking Schemes is an obvious way forward to reduce Castle Point’s deficit. This, combined with the scheme to be introduced by Essex County Council will bring in valuable income.”

Councillors will be considering charging residents £52 a year for the a Residents Parking Permit and an additional £5 for 10 visitor parking permits of up to two hours at a cabinet meeting yesterday.

Colin Riley, cabinet member for environment said: “We are already looking at a number of residents parking schemes and obviously we will be consulting with them. We must realise because we are a small borough we cannot generate as much income from parking as our neighbours. The partnership is supporting us in bringing in better measures on our parking arrangements.”

Mr Riley stressed the discussion was premature as the council’s environment scrutiny committee would be meeting to decide a detailed parking policy for the borough next week.

He said: “Next week we will be looking at introducing a parking policy which will enable us to increase our revenue, and at the same time provide vital improvements to our borough’s car parks which will hopefully encourage more people to use them.”

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10:10am Thu 17 Jan 13

Eric Whim says...

in a bid to generate more income.


not to help local residents or to alleviate any problems there may be in respect fo parking then?

Purely and simply a money making scheme.

How much of the 'extra' cash generated will have to be laid out in wages for the people rushing around slapping tickets on windscreens and checking on permits etc?
[quote] in a bid to generate more income.[/quote] not to help local residents or to alleviate any problems there may be in respect fo parking then? Purely and simply a money making scheme. How much of the 'extra' cash generated will have to be laid out in wages for the people rushing around slapping tickets on windscreens and checking on permits etc? Eric Whim
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10:25am Thu 17 Jan 13

perini says...

That's a good way to turn a thriving community into a ghost town!
That's a good way to turn a thriving community into a ghost town! perini
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10:29am Thu 17 Jan 13

HadleighBoy says...

Interesting the comment about absebce levels of staff. Perhaps if they turned up they could actually issue tickets. See plenty of parking offences everyday but no one is dealing with them. Do not need to add more car park charges.
Resident parking may be a good idea but only drives people into roads where there are no charges very difficult to enforce.
Interesting the comment about absebce levels of staff. Perhaps if they turned up they could actually issue tickets. See plenty of parking offences everyday but no one is dealing with them. Do not need to add more car park charges. Resident parking may be a good idea but only drives people into roads where there are no charges very difficult to enforce. HadleighBoy
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10:52am Thu 17 Jan 13

Curbishly says...

Eric Whim wrote:
in a bid to generate more income.


not to help local residents or to alleviate any problems there may be in respect fo parking then?

Purely and simply a money making scheme.

How much of the 'extra' cash generated will have to be laid out in wages for the people rushing around slapping tickets on windscreens and checking on permits etc?
If there is a deficit how can it be a money making scheme?
[quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote] in a bid to generate more income.[/quote] not to help local residents or to alleviate any problems there may be in respect fo parking then? Purely and simply a money making scheme. How much of the 'extra' cash generated will have to be laid out in wages for the people rushing around slapping tickets on windscreens and checking on permits etc?[/p][/quote]If there is a deficit how can it be a money making scheme? Curbishly
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12:19pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Touch79 says...

Enforcement cameras on the double yellows at Benfleet Station would easily recoup the £15000pa deficit.
Enforcement cameras on the double yellows at Benfleet Station would easily recoup the £15000pa deficit. Touch79
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12:34pm Thu 17 Jan 13

HK9597 says...

Curbishly wrote:
Eric Whim wrote:
in a bid to generate more income.


not to help local residents or to alleviate any problems there may be in respect fo parking then?

Purely and simply a money making scheme.

How much of the 'extra' cash generated will have to be laid out in wages for the people rushing around slapping tickets on windscreens and checking on permits etc?
If there is a deficit how can it be a money making scheme?
The reason they are doing it is to raise money, which they have admitted!

The reason why they are raising money, is to reduce the budget deficit.
[quote][p][bold]Curbishly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eric Whim[/bold] wrote: [quote] in a bid to generate more income.[/quote] not to help local residents or to alleviate any problems there may be in respect fo parking then? Purely and simply a money making scheme. How much of the 'extra' cash generated will have to be laid out in wages for the people rushing around slapping tickets on windscreens and checking on permits etc?[/p][/quote]If there is a deficit how can it be a money making scheme?[/p][/quote]The reason they are doing it is to raise money, which they have admitted! The reason why they are raising money, is to reduce the budget deficit. HK9597
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12:37pm Thu 17 Jan 13

HK9597 says...

I should have said the reason they are 'proposing' to do it, as it has not yet been approved!
I should have said the reason they are 'proposing' to do it, as it has not yet been approved! HK9597
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2:11pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Nebs says...

I'm surprised that local councils haven't yet discovered the cash cow that is yellow boxes covered by cameras. Put one outside Bell Tyres in Hobleythick Lane and it would make zillions from people turning right out of the petrol station and blocking the entrance until the lights change.
I'm surprised that local councils haven't yet discovered the cash cow that is yellow boxes covered by cameras. Put one outside Bell Tyres in Hobleythick Lane and it would make zillions from people turning right out of the petrol station and blocking the entrance until the lights change. Nebs
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2:53pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

Nebs wrote:
I'm surprised that local councils haven't yet discovered the cash cow that is yellow boxes covered by cameras. Put one outside Bell Tyres in Hobleythick Lane and it would make zillions from people turning right out of the petrol station and blocking the entrance until the lights change.
Thanks, I will suggest it....
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised that local councils haven't yet discovered the cash cow that is yellow boxes covered by cameras. Put one outside Bell Tyres in Hobleythick Lane and it would make zillions from people turning right out of the petrol station and blocking the entrance until the lights change.[/p][/quote]Thanks, I will suggest it.... Carnabackable
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3:05pm Thu 17 Jan 13

upset says...

Funny old game!! Parking company comes up with money making ideas, who will benefit most? That's right the parking company funny that is it not.
Funny old game!! Parking company comes up with money making ideas, who will benefit most? That's right the parking company funny that is it not. upset
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3:43pm Thu 17 Jan 13

John T Pharro says...

HadleighBoy wrote:
Interesting the comment about absebce levels of staff. Perhaps if they turned up they could actually issue tickets. See plenty of parking offences everyday but no one is dealing with them. Do not need to add more car park charges.
Resident parking may be a good idea but only drives people into roads where there are no charges very difficult to enforce.
That is spot on.
[quote][p][bold]HadleighBoy[/bold] wrote: Interesting the comment about absebce levels of staff. Perhaps if they turned up they could actually issue tickets. See plenty of parking offences everyday but no one is dealing with them. Do not need to add more car park charges. Resident parking may be a good idea but only drives people into roads where there are no charges very difficult to enforce.[/p][/quote]That is spot on. John T Pharro
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11:08am Fri 18 Jan 13

Carnabackable says...

I say bring in mass residential parking permit schemes, anyone not a resident gets a fine - simple, now go to town and pay your fare...
I say bring in mass residential parking permit schemes, anyone not a resident gets a fine - simple, now go to town and pay your fare... Carnabackable
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10:50am Tue 22 Jan 13

Maverick06 says...

Nebs wrote:
I'm surprised that local councils haven't yet discovered the cash cow that is yellow boxes covered by cameras. Put one outside Bell Tyres in Hobleythick Lane and it would make zillions from people turning right out of the petrol station and blocking the entrance until the lights change.
The reason is you can not enforce moving traffic (box junctions) outside London.

The problem is nothing to do with more staff or more tickets, it's just getting them to do the job they are paid to do in the first place!

Castlepoint, just like Basildon and other local parking is run from Chelmsford as they have this South Essex Parking Partnership.

I see numerous Traffic Wardens sitting in cars together or having a smoke together in Canvey, Pitsea, Rayleigh and Basildon.

Is Chelmsford bothered what they do?
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised that local councils haven't yet discovered the cash cow that is yellow boxes covered by cameras. Put one outside Bell Tyres in Hobleythick Lane and it would make zillions from people turning right out of the petrol station and blocking the entrance until the lights change.[/p][/quote]The reason is you can not enforce moving traffic (box junctions) outside London. The problem is nothing to do with more staff or more tickets, it's just getting them to do the job they are paid to do in the first place! Castlepoint, just like Basildon and other local parking is run from Chelmsford as they have this South Essex Parking Partnership. I see numerous Traffic Wardens sitting in cars together or having a smoke together in Canvey, Pitsea, Rayleigh and Basildon. Is Chelmsford bothered what they do? Maverick06
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