PARENTS are upset about new parking restrictions at a Canvey pub.

People dropping their children at Leigh Beck School, off Point Road, Canvey, normally use the car park outside the Admiral Jellicoe pub, in High Street, Canvey, in the mornings.

However, signs were recently put up warning drivers who park there, but do not use the pub, will be clamped.

The pub has also put up notices saying parking permits, which cost £1 a day, can be bought from staff.

Money for the permits will be refunded if drivers buy a drink.

Kim Axford, 43, has been parking there to drop her children off for years.

She said: “Lots of people park there and it’s not as though you are leaving a car all day. You’re dropping off in the morning when the pub isn’t even open.

“I just think it’s pathetic. There isn’t anywhere else to park, as outside the school it is double yellow lines.

“The pub is never that busy anyway. At the end of the day it’s about community spirit and what does it hurt them letting us park?”

Mark Lester, manager at the Jellicoe, explained he introduced the charges to raise money to carry out necessary repairs to the parking surface.

He said: “We’re just asking people to donate something.

“Sometimes when we get a delivery there’s cars parked in the way and the lorries can’t pull in. It costs us money then too.

“I wouldn’t park on your drive, so why would you park in my car park?

“A pound a day is all we’re asking and you can go off and come back and stay the whole day on the one ticket. If these people all chipped in a little bit to help us out it would be great.”