Considerate Parking Initiative

On the 1 December 2009 a Considerate Parking Initiative is being launched in Brightlingsea. The initiative aims to highlight issues around anti-social parking and the effect this can have on a community. The Community Parking Initiative is a partnership arrangement between Essex Police, Tendring District Council, Brightlingsea Town Council and the Tendring Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership.

Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers and the District Councils Civil Enforcement Officers will issue notices to vehicles parked in a manner that whilst not necessarily illegal, or in contravention of existing Traffic Regulation Orders are potentially causing a nuisance to others.

Examples of inconsiderate parking are where vehicles are parked on pavements when it is considered not necessary, or where they are parked too far onto the pavement causing a hazard to pedestrians. Recent lobbying by representatives of people with disabilities including the partially sighted or blind has highlighted this particular issue. Vehicles parked too close to the edge of peoples driveways or to road junctions will also be targeted.

Parking too close to the edge of driveways often leads to residents being unable to access or to exit from their drive resulting in additional parking on the road. Parking too close to road junctions is dangerous and will result in the introduction of double yellow line junction protection.

The idea behind the scheme is to provide an opportunity for motorists to understand the consequences of their actions, to alter their parking habits and therefore avoid the need for further regulation of the roads, or for the police to issue notices for obstruction.

The partners launching the initiative recognise the need to retain valuable parking space where possible. By highlighting the issues and asking motorists to be more considerate it is hoped the need for further regulation and enforcement can be avoided.

The scheme is supported by the Tendring Access Group and the Essex Coalition of Disabled People.

General enquiries concerning the scheme can also be made by contacting Brightlingsea Town Council 01206 303535 bseatc@btconnect.com or Tendring District Council parking service 01255 686969 parkingservices@tendringdc.gov.uk.

Off street permits for overnight parking are available on Tower Street and Victoria Place car parks at a cost of £10.00 per annum, the equivalent of 20p per week.

Report from Councillor Aldridge

Have had much discussion with Horizon concerning comments made by the public and Family Support concerning the old Cedrics service.

After a meeting with Horizon I now have details of the new route and timetable which will be available for all to see at the town council meeting.