Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Has Thurrock Council been issuing parking tickets in South Ockendon in error? (for two years!)

LAST week, former Ockendon councillor and Flowers Estate resident, Lynn Carr parked her car in the Canterbury Parade car park.

As she spotted two parking enforcement officers there, Ms Carr confined to them that the terms of her parking permit meant that she could park as long as she wished.

The parking enforcement officers disagreed and told her that she, like all other drivers, only had the hour free.

A debate ensued. Ms Carr took it up with her local councillor, Barry Johnson who spoke to the relevant department at Thurrock Council.

Cllr Johnson said: "It appears that both were right. There was a well publicised decision in 2013 to give residents of the Flowers Estate parking permits that would allow then to park in areas such as Canterbury Parade.

"Having spoken to an officer at Thurrock Council it appears that the forgot to put that concession in the documentation.

"I believe they are hastily re-drafting the order.

"I have to say it does seem like another sloppy mistake by Thurrock Council.

"It also begs a question as to how many Flowers Estate residents have been issued with parking tickets over the past two years?"

YT sent a number of questions to Thurrock Council but had not received a reply at the time of publication.


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