Enforcement notice served after station parking area removed

Monday, 14 May, 2018

An Enforcement Notice has been served by Tendring District Council (TDC) after a station forecourt was fenced off and used for storage.

The Council had issued a Planning Contravention Notice in relation to land at Weeley station, which historically had been used for rail passengers to park on.

But earlier this year the area has been fenced off and is now being used for storage of cars, rather than public parking.

It is understood the land is in private ownership, having been sold off by Network Rail.

The Enforcement Notice states that there had been an unlawful change of use of the land from public parking to storage. This was denied by the company which owns the site, who maintained it was being used for parking.

TDC has now issued a Planning Enforcement Notice which comes into force on June 15, 2018. This gives the company three months to cease storage on the site, including removing the fencing and gates and the cars situated there.

Fred Nicholls, TDC Cabinet Member for Corporate Enforcement, said Weeley railway station is an important asset for the community.

“We know what a vital part Weeley station plays as a transport connection to Clacton, Colchester and the capital, not just for local residents but for many across central Tendring. This was recognised by rail operator Abellio who carried out improvement works last year, and in the Council’s Local Plan,” he said.

“Having spoken to community groups we know what a loss this parking provision at the station is, and this move does not promote sustainable transport usage.

“I therefore urge the site owners to comply with the Enforcement Notice and work with us to restore parking amenities to Weeley station.”

The company can appeal against the Enforcement Notice.

Last updated on: 14/05/2018 - 10:41