A free parking scheme for residents in Tendring looks set to continue again next year, subject to final approval by Tendring District Council.

Tom Howard, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Cabinet Member for Finance, Benefits and Revenues, told the Council’s Cabinet on Friday: “The financial performance of parking to date – £113,000 ahead of budget – enables us to confirm the continuation of the scheme into 2017/18 as originally proposed last year. The associated administrative arrangements can now be put in place subject to final budget proposals that will be presented to Members over the coming weeks.”

Under a previous scheme permits were sent out to all Council tax paying households across the District which allowed free parking in all but two of the Council’s car parks after 11am each day. Under the modified arrangements this is covered by an opt-in procedure with virtual electronic permits; the permits exclude July and August; additional permits can be bought and there are special priced offers for the two excluded months. TDC offers free parking to all at its sites after 6pm.

After the meeting Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercialisation, said that permits for 2017/18 will be available earlier than last year to try to prevent the logjam of applications experienced last time due to the popularity of the scheme. “It is anticipated that it will be possible to register for next year’s permit from the first week in January,” he added. “Those with a registered email address of mobile phone will be contacted as soon as possible to register.”

At the Cabinet meeting Cllr Howard also announced extra capacity for TDC’s Planning Team to meet the increased demand being faced by the service. The £102,000 cost will be paid for from planning income and will continue until March 2017. The situation will be kept under review and considered for the following year – provided the demand is still there.

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