Council promise free parking permits for residents close to South Ockendon

PEOPLE living close to the railway station on the Flowers Estate in South Ockendon will be receiving free parking permits for up two to vehicles by the end of this year says Thurrock Council.

A lengthy process – including two inconclusive consultations and an equally inconclusive public meeting – showed that people living in one part of the estate were keen on the permits, while others were not.

Portfolio holder Cllr Angie Gaywood said: “We said we would organise the free parking permits in this financial year and we will. The issue has been that some people living a little further from the railway station weren’t keen on the plan.

“The first consultation was general, but the second, following the public meeting, was more detailed and we were able to break down which roads wanted the permits and which didn’t.

“This doesn’t mean we can’t expand the area for resident permits later if people let us know they want it, but things can’t happen at the snap of my fingers.”

She added: “The council has to consult properly and then it has to follow all the necessary legal processes like issuing official notices and putting the correct signs in place so illegal parking can be enforced – otherwise there’s no point in doing it at all.”

The council’s two current resident parking permit areas – Grays and Stanford-le-Hope – have been made free for the first two vehicles and the first book of visitor permits.

The Flowers Estate scheme will be in place soon and similar new schemes will follow. In Badgers Dene, Grays, the council is working with residents to find a system that will satisfy residents, a consultation on expanding the Stanford permit area is going on at the moment and closes on 22 November, and plans are being put together to consult for another permit scheme around Tilbury station.

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