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Removal of seafront parking charges proposal is welcomed


The removal of a proposed decision to introduce seafront parking charges in parts of Tendring has been welcomed by the district council.

Essex County Council had published on its forward plan of decisions a proposal to consider introducing fees for parking in some seafront bays in the area.

However, following representations from Tendring District Council (TDC) the proposal was dropped.

Mark Stephenson, TDC Leader, said he was pleased County Hall had responded quickly to the concerns raised.

“Free parking is important to our residents who rely upon it for work, to access shops, businesses and facilities, and enjoy a low-cost day out close to home taking advantage of our wonderful coastline and open spaces too,” Councillor Stephenson said.

“We know that this is also a draw for visitors to the Essex Sunshine Coast – and scrapping free parking could have had a knock-on effect for local residents if tourists had driven away from the seafront seeking free parking in residential areas.

“My thanks go to those at both TDC and County Hall for swiftly listening to and acting upon concerns raised.

“We understand that local authorities across the country, including ourselves, must always consider all options to ensure best value for tax payers; but this particular suggestion is a non-starter.”

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