THURROCK Council and Impulse Leisure have agreed to continue to look at management solutions to the parking problems at Blackshots Leisure Centre, as an alternative to the introduction of parking charges.
It had become clear any pay-to-park scheme would ideally have to be run in conjunction with a resident only parking scheme nearby.
Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council, said: “We would not want to introduce a resident only scheme, if for no other reason, where would you draw the line? Would it be only on the northern side of Lodge Lane, or to the south of Woodview?
“Resident parking facilities in and around the Civic Hall and Blackshots Leisure Centre are not good and many people have to use the Blackshots car park.”
Mike Baden, Chief Executive of Impulse Leisure said: “Listening to the views expressed in the consultation and to the comments from the council, it is clear that the existing problems with car park and the surrounding area are recognised by the community and there is a wish to see these problems reduced.
“We will work with the council towards implementing solutions to improve the existing problems.
“I would like to thank the community for expressing their views during the consultation.”