ANGRY residents, shop-owners and local Conservative Councillor, Shane Hebb, have reacted with absolute fury over signage that has been erected in the “Sand Pits” car park in King Street, Stanford-le-Hope, which is asking parkers to pay for their parking, including disabled users.
Cllr Hebb has held an emergency meeting with Thurrock Council’s Chief Executive and his team, to highlight the concerns residents, and local businesses have with car parking charges. There is an apparent contravention of the sale agreement in what the newly erected signs ask for, and Thurrock Council is now contacting the new land owner to resolve the issue.
Thurrock Council’s Labour Cabinet sold the car-park in 2013.
Reacting to this recent development, Cllr Hebb says “I was opposed to this land sale in the strongest possible sense, and now here we are fighting off car-parking charges which will cripple the Stanford community.
"I hope that the new landowner have the courtesy to reimburse every wrong paid-for car parking charge to residents who have unfairly been asked to pay them!”
“We will fight any car-parking charges which could negatively impact on our much loved shops”.
“I told them that this sale would cause hell for Stanford businesses and residents, and here we are having car-park charges imposed on us”, slams Cllr Hebb.
Thurrock Council has responded by threatening legal action against the owners.
A spokesperson said: "The property was sold for the construction of a mixed use development – a shop at ground floor level and 22 homes at first second and third floor level together with a car park.
"The sale includes a condition for not less than 100 car parking spaces in the car park being made available free of charge to the public for a minimum continuous period of three hours a day.
"Thurrock Council has written to the owners of the land explaining they are in breach of the sale conditions and asking them to stop. They have been told that if they fail to stop charging the council will take further legal action".