New charges start at underwater car park: Canvey's Oak Road car park deserted

Southend Standard: New charges start at underwater car park: Canvey's Oak Road car park deserted New charges start at underwater car park: Canvey's Oak Road car park deserted

CAR parks in Castle Point appear to have been abandoned after the council introduced parking charges.

A number of residents said they were frustrated at the charges and waiting restrictions, especially Oak Road car park, Canvey, after it continued to flood in heavy rain.

Charges were introduced on February 1 at Oak Road as well as Richmond Hall, Benfleet, and Lubbins car park, on Canvey seafront.

Since then, the usually busy car parks appear to have been quiet as people park free elsewhere.

George Whatley, 72, of Limburg Road, Canvey, said: “All the while people are told to pay for a car park which is only half usable because of flooding, then why on earth would they use it?

“It is totally wrong and of course people will look elsewhere if they can save some money.”

Disgruntled residents took to Facebook to vent their frustration at the condition of the paidfor car parks.

Tara Newman said: “It’s in such a poor state – don’t use it.

“They will soon take away the pay and display, unlessamiracle happens and they sort the puddle out.”

Meanwhile, others have joked a “boats for hire” service should be introduced.

A £240,000 refurbishment of the car parks will begin in spring to improve the condition of the council’s parking facilities.

Residents can still park free at car parks in Hart Road, Thundersley; Homestead, Hadleigh; Richmond Avenue, Benfleet; Castle Lane, Hadleigh and Thorney Bay, Canvey.

Colin Riley, Conservative councillor responsible for the environment and street scene, said he was not aware of a drop in the number of people parking.

He said: “We will review the situation at each car park, but it is far too early to do that at the moment.

“After three to six months we will be in a better position to act, if we need to. We’ll see what happens.

“Oak Road is the first one that will be repaired. We have commisioned a drainage survey as there is a problem every time we get a deluge of rain.

“This is being carried out as we speak and we are already pumping the car park twice a week.

“However, we can’t begin excavation works until the survey is concluded.

“I expect to see things progress over the next couple of weeks and the work may be done in two months.”

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2:21pm Tue 11 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Is this the other Canvey Lake ? though seriously, if its been free for years, who in their right mind is going to now pay now ?
Is this the other Canvey Lake ? though seriously, if its been free for years, who in their right mind is going to now pay now ? You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

3:03pm Tue 11 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

It's only half usable ? so if you still have enough room to park then its usable ? "people will look elsewhere to save some money" ..... so whether it's usable, or half flooded and half usable people will still park for free if they can.... just what is this bloke wittering on about then ? It's reminiscent of the old duffer whingeing about a puddle in gunners park.....
It's only half usable ? so if you still have enough room to park then its usable ? "people will look elsewhere to save some money" ..... so whether it's usable, or half flooded and half usable people will still park for free if they can.... just what is this bloke wittering on about then ? It's reminiscent of the old duffer whingeing about a puddle in gunners park..... pembury53

3:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Tom Jea says...

Didn't they try charging here once before? And nobody used it, so the charges were stopped? If we hold firm and don't pay maybe it would become free again.

After all, we are paying thru' the nose to hire a bit of concrete for a short while!
Didn't they try charging here once before? And nobody used it, so the charges were stopped? If we hold firm and don't pay maybe it would become free again. After all, we are paying thru' the nose to hire a bit of concrete for a short while! Tom Jea

4:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Tom Jea wrote:
Didn't they try charging here once before? And nobody used it, so the charges were stopped? If we hold firm and don't pay maybe it would become free again.

After all, we are paying thru' the nose to hire a bit of concrete for a short while!
What else would you feel would be value for money, an Axminster carpet? or some astro turf perhaps....
[quote][p][bold]Tom Jea[/bold] wrote: Didn't they try charging here once before? And nobody used it, so the charges were stopped? If we hold firm and don't pay maybe it would become free again. After all, we are paying thru' the nose to hire a bit of concrete for a short while![/p][/quote]What else would you feel would be value for money, an Axminster carpet? or some astro turf perhaps.... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

4:03pm Tue 11 Feb 14

John T Pharro says...

Never learn our Council. Tried this before and failed. Will fail again.
Never learn our Council. Tried this before and failed. Will fail again. John T Pharro

4:16pm Tue 11 Feb 14

roddycam says...

Can I make the councilor aware that the car park used to be full every day, and now if it has five cars in it's busy. And that has nothing to do with the flooding.
Can I make the councilor aware that the car park used to be full every day, and now if it has five cars in it's busy. And that has nothing to do with the flooding. roddycam

4:28pm Tue 11 Feb 14

ducky18 says...

Try using School Lane Car Park - the Council have upped the charges to £5 a day, and now Saturday is £2 a day - complete rip off!
Try using School Lane Car Park - the Council have upped the charges to £5 a day, and now Saturday is £2 a day - complete rip off! ducky18

5:31pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Use Lakeside all free parking. No wounder town centers are dying
Use Lakeside all free parking. No wounder town centers are dying Living the La Vida Legra

6:19pm Tue 11 Feb 14

shotgate76 says...

Thanks for the tip re. School Lane on a Saturday. I wasn't aware of that.
Thanks for the tip re. School Lane on a Saturday. I wasn't aware of that. shotgate76

6:21pm Tue 11 Feb 14

whataday says...

Castle Point Council exgtremely short sighted. When people can't park free it harms the local shopkeepers. When their businesses are no longer viable the shops will stand empty which means Castle Point Council loses business rate tax. Plus more people without jobs.
Castle Point Council exgtremely short sighted. When people can't park free it harms the local shopkeepers. When their businesses are no longer viable the shops will stand empty which means Castle Point Council loses business rate tax. Plus more people without jobs. whataday

9:52pm Tue 11 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

whataday wrote:
Castle Point Council exgtremely short sighted. When people can't park free it harms the local shopkeepers. When their businesses are no longer viable the shops will stand empty which means Castle Point Council loses business rate tax. Plus more people without jobs.
Such an array of quality shops,must go over there....
[quote][p][bold]whataday[/bold] wrote: Castle Point Council exgtremely short sighted. When people can't park free it harms the local shopkeepers. When their businesses are no longer viable the shops will stand empty which means Castle Point Council loses business rate tax. Plus more people without jobs.[/p][/quote]Such an array of quality shops,must go over there.... You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

10:22pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Cor Blimey says...

Local shops consist of Estate Agents, Beauty Salons and Greg's the bakers hardly welcoming.
Suprised Castle Point Council hasn't included these car parks in its local housing plan now that they will become deserted..........un
less of course that's their motive.
Local shops consist of Estate Agents, Beauty Salons and Greg's the bakers hardly welcoming. Suprised Castle Point Council hasn't included these car parks in its local housing plan now that they will become deserted..........un less of course that's their motive. Cor Blimey

9:21am Wed 12 Feb 14

ducky18 says...

shotgate76 wrote:
Thanks for the tip re. School Lane on a Saturday. I wasn't aware of that.
If you leave your car there overnight on a Friday you have to now get a ticket for the Saturday parking as the daily tickets now expire at 23.59. The original daily tickets used to be for 24 hours from time of purchase. Another nice con from Castle Point Council.
[quote][p][bold]shotgate76[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the tip re. School Lane on a Saturday. I wasn't aware of that.[/p][/quote]If you leave your car there overnight on a Friday you have to now get a ticket for the Saturday parking as the daily tickets now expire at 23.59. The original daily tickets used to be for 24 hours from time of purchase. Another nice con from Castle Point Council. ducky18

1:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

If it is still underwater when the Scots vote for independence maybe Castle Point Council could rent it out to the Royal Navy so they can park their nuclear submarines there
If it is still underwater when the Scots vote for independence maybe Castle Point Council could rent it out to the Royal Navy so they can park their nuclear submarines there Howard Cháse

5:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

BenfleetH says...

They scrapped the charges at Richmond a few years ago as the car park was not well used, this is such a shame for the local small businesses on the High Road!!

More greed from our local council! Do yourselves a favour and stop this new "scheme" we pay enough to you guys for very little service as it is.
They scrapped the charges at Richmond a few years ago as the car park was not well used, this is such a shame for the local small businesses on the High Road!! More greed from our local council! Do yourselves a favour and stop this new "scheme" we pay enough to you guys for very little service as it is. BenfleetH

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