Parking in Southend: Businesses invited to share their views
This week the Southend Business Improvement District (BID) invited levy paying businesses to feedback on the Local Authority’s proposed new parking scheme and charges.
In January, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council released details of proposals to introduce a ‘Southend Pass’ and new charging zones across the borough.
The annual Southend Pass is hoped to promote an increase of locals using the town’s businesses and will cost £8.50 per month. This will allow permit holders to park in any of the highlighted parking zones in Southend-on-Sea for up to three hours at a time after which, people can move to a new zone or pay for additional hours in the same spot using the parking app.
Also included within the proposals is zone charging with the likes of Southend seafront area car parks such as Fairheads Green and Western Esplanade falling under zone 1a and High Street area car parks such as University Square and Tylers Avenue becoming zone 1b. Full details on the proposals and pricing can be found here.
Suzanne Gloyne, Southend BID Manager, said: “This is an important issue for businesses and their customers and as such we felt that the BID should provide a platform for businesses to provide their feedback which we could collate and provide to the Council ahead of any final decisions on implementation.”
The survey deadline has now passed and the Southend BID thanks the 33 BID businesses, 58% from the Seafront area and 42% from the High Street, who took the time to participate. 61% were against the Southend Pass and 76% were against the new charging zones. The full results of have been shared with Southend Borough Council and the Southend Tourism Partnership.