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Impulse Leisure consult on whether to charge for car parking at Blackshots

IMPULSE Leisure are holding discussions as to whether they should impose charges at the car park in Blackshots in Grays.

At the moment, parking for 400 vehicles is free. It is mainly used by users of the leisure centre as well as the Civic Hall. It is also used by sports teams on the fields as well as walkers, joggers and families.

A spokesperson for Impulse Leisure said: "A consultation is currently running with representatives of organisations with an interest in the car park at Blackshots Leisure Centre (Impulse Leisure). The consultation is part of a proposal to introduce charging at the Blackshots Leisure Centre car park for non-leisure centre users.

Introducing charging provides the opportunity to control and manage the car park, reduces demand (therefore increasing space for legitimate users), encourages car share, improves security and discourages unauthorised access late at night, provides an income that can be used to invest in car park development, improvement and potential extension (sensitive to the environment).

Impulse Leisure centre users would not be charged for use of the car park.

The consultation closes on Monday, 30th November 2015.

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