New Southend car park set to open in time for Christmas shopping

New Southend car park set to open in time for Christmas shopping

New Southend car park set to open in time for Christmas shopping

First published in Echo News

PARKING in Southend should become a little easier as of next Friday as a new car park is set to open.

The new surface car park replaces the Essex Street multi-storey which was demolished alongside Queensway House.

The building was home to various council and health services, however due to its small rooms and corridors it was deemed not fit for purpose for the delivery of modern services.

Many people had negative associations with the building and its surrounding area, which had attracted anti-social behaviour.

The clear land now opens up space for a car park and the possibility of a longer term development opportunity.

Ron Woodley, leader of Southend Council, said: “I am delighted that this new public car park will be open well in time for the Christmas shopping season.

“It is a good use of the land and I am pleased to see it being used to provide more car parking for our residents, businesses and visitors.

“This area will be used as a car park until any future plans for the regeneration of the Queensway area are carried out.”

Standard town centre pay and display rates will apply and access will be from Essex Street.

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3:39pm Mon 1 Sep 14

emcee says...

Quote Ron Woodley, leader of Southend Council: “I am delighted that this new public car park will be open well in time for the Christmas shopping season".
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Kerching!

More quote: “It is a good use of the land and I am pleased to see it being used to provide more car parking for our residents, businesses and visitors.
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Kerching. Kerching, KEEERRRCHING!!!
Quote Ron Woodley, leader of Southend Council: “I am delighted that this new public car park will be open well in time for the Christmas shopping season". - Kerching! More quote: “It is a good use of the land and I am pleased to see it being used to provide more car parking for our residents, businesses and visitors. - Kerching. Kerching, KEEERRRCHING!!! emcee
  • Score: 12

3:52pm Mon 1 Sep 14

thecoat says...

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3:53pm Mon 1 Sep 14

thecoat says...

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  • Score: 2

4:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Bernard Manning says...

Wot? No public square!

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Wot? No public square! http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/local_ne ws/southend/9535847. Queensway_House_to_g o_to_kickstart___300 m_Southend_town_cent re_development/ Bernard Manning
  • Score: 6

4:11pm Mon 1 Sep 14

the25man says...

I like the Head Line IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS what have they brought Christmas forward with it opening next Friday
I like the Head Line IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS what have they brought Christmas forward with it opening next Friday the25man
  • Score: 10

4:25pm Mon 1 Sep 14

GrumpyofLeigh says...

The issue with parking in Southend as compared with Bas or Lakeside is not the availability (or otherwise)
The issue with parking in Southend as compared with Bas or Lakeside is not the availability (or otherwise) GrumpyofLeigh
  • Score: 12

4:42pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Eastwoodian says...

As so many have stated before, the town centre is dead . . . . to be honest< I doubt I would visit the High Street if I was paid to park my car in the car parks. Numerous empty premises, too many coffee shops,/mobile phone shops and cheap tat Xmas shops will not entice anyone . . . . . .
As so many have stated before, the town centre is dead . . . . to be honest< I doubt I would visit the High Street if I was paid to park my car in the car parks. Numerous empty premises, too many coffee shops,/mobile phone shops and cheap tat Xmas shops will not entice anyone . . . . . . Eastwoodian
  • Score: 19

5:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

More cars for over crowded roads.
More cars for over crowded roads. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Mon 1 Sep 14

sesibollox says...

Oh can't wait. Oh hang on what shops are near that desolate tarmacced car park...
Oh can't wait. Oh hang on what shops are near that desolate tarmacced car park... sesibollox
  • Score: 9

5:51pm Mon 1 Sep 14

John Bull 40 says...

I certainly would not park my car anywhere near the tower blocks next
to that car park.
I certainly would not park my car anywhere near the tower blocks next to that car park. John Bull 40
  • Score: 13

6:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Kim Gandy says...

Stuff that: ebay, Amazon and Etsy here I come.

S0d Christmas shopping in a rugby scrum. No ta.
Stuff that: ebay, Amazon and Etsy here I come. S0d Christmas shopping in a rugby scrum. No ta. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 2

6:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Kim Gandy says...

thecoat wrote:
$$$$$$$$$$$
I think we get the idea.
[quote][p][bold]thecoat[/bold] wrote: $$$$$$$$$$$[/p][/quote]I think we get the idea. Kim Gandy
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6:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Kim Gandy says...

thecoat wrote:
$$$$$$$$$$$
I think we get the idea.
[quote][p][bold]thecoat[/bold] wrote: $$$$$$$$$$$[/p][/quote]I think we get the idea. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

7:08pm Mon 1 Sep 14

runwellian says...

Why another car park?
All the roads around Southend appear to have never ending road works.
If you can find somewhere to park, the cost is too high given that the choice of shops is very poor, and all can be found in other towns that offer free parking.
Wander off the high street, it is filthy and as for this particular area, you need to be very brave indeed to venture there, know locally as the 'Drug market', you can buy anything in that area!
Southend is gridlocked with road works, tatty shops, too many chain stores, no choice, plenty of homeless of homeless up every alleyway .... if 'Queensway House' had small rooms they should have turned it into a homeless hostel.

I do all my shopping on Amazon, great choice, great prices, fast delivery, no crowd worries and no parking charges.

Fantastic service!

As christmas appears to have been moved to next Friday, I will look on amazon for a new memory as I thought christmas was in December!
Why another car park? All the roads around Southend appear to have never ending road works. If you can find somewhere to park, the cost is too high given that the choice of shops is very poor, and all can be found in other towns that offer free parking. Wander off the high street, it is filthy and as for this particular area, you need to be very brave indeed to venture there, know locally as the 'Drug market', you can buy anything in that area! Southend is gridlocked with road works, tatty shops, too many chain stores, no choice, plenty of homeless of homeless up every alleyway .... if 'Queensway House' had small rooms they should have turned it into a homeless hostel. I do all my shopping on Amazon, great choice, great prices, fast delivery, no crowd worries and no parking charges. Fantastic service! As christmas appears to have been moved to next Friday, I will look on amazon for a new memory as I thought christmas was in December! runwellian
  • Score: 6

10:44pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Fab man says...

New headline: Mercedes worth £35k stolen from new car park.
New headline: Mercedes worth £35k stolen from new car park. Fab man
  • Score: 5

11:02pm Mon 1 Sep 14

counosboy2 says...

Imagine how many lovely car parks we could have if we knock down all the tower blocks, and how much safer the area would be......
Imagine how many lovely car parks we could have if we knock down all the tower blocks, and how much safer the area would be...... counosboy2
  • Score: 8

11:42pm Mon 1 Sep 14

heartbeat says...

runwellian wrote:
Why another car park?
All the roads around Southend appear to have never ending road works.
If you can find somewhere to park, the cost is too high given that the choice of shops is very poor, and all can be found in other towns that offer free parking.
Wander off the high street, it is filthy and as for this particular area, you need to be very brave indeed to venture there, know locally as the 'Drug market', you can buy anything in that area!
Southend is gridlocked with road works, tatty shops, too many chain stores, no choice, plenty of homeless of homeless up every alleyway .... if 'Queensway House' had small rooms they should have turned it into a homeless hostel.

I do all my shopping on Amazon, great choice, great prices, fast delivery, no crowd worries and no parking charges.

Fantastic service!

As christmas appears to have been moved to next Friday, I will look on amazon for a new memory as I thought christmas was in December!
Totally agree about how filthy the pavements are. Southend pavements are covered in chewing gum and how anyone can sit and "relax" outside a cafe in such disgusting surroundings is beyond me! I've rarely visited anywhere with such disgusting pavements. It makes any attempt to brighten up the place worthless - it's like redecorating your living room but leaving a scummy filthy carpet covered in errr I won't go there! I know these chewing gum removing machines are supposed to be expensive but other places seem to manage to afford them! If less shoppers stay away because of the filth the shops would do more trade surely, knock on effect and all that.
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: Why another car park? All the roads around Southend appear to have never ending road works. If you can find somewhere to park, the cost is too high given that the choice of shops is very poor, and all can be found in other towns that offer free parking. Wander off the high street, it is filthy and as for this particular area, you need to be very brave indeed to venture there, know locally as the 'Drug market', you can buy anything in that area! Southend is gridlocked with road works, tatty shops, too many chain stores, no choice, plenty of homeless of homeless up every alleyway .... if 'Queensway House' had small rooms they should have turned it into a homeless hostel. I do all my shopping on Amazon, great choice, great prices, fast delivery, no crowd worries and no parking charges. Fantastic service! As christmas appears to have been moved to next Friday, I will look on amazon for a new memory as I thought christmas was in December![/p][/quote]Totally agree about how filthy the pavements are. Southend pavements are covered in chewing gum and how anyone can sit and "relax" outside a cafe in such disgusting surroundings is beyond me! I've rarely visited anywhere with such disgusting pavements. It makes any attempt to brighten up the place worthless - it's like redecorating your living room but leaving a scummy filthy carpet covered in errr I won't go there! I know these chewing gum removing machines are supposed to be expensive but other places seem to manage to afford them! If less shoppers stay away because of the filth the shops would do more trade surely, knock on effect and all that. heartbeat
  • Score: 6

9:54am Tue 2 Sep 14

Southend's Finest says...

They might build a new car park, only so the council can get away with charging £1 for half an hour, what a joke. Lets see if they do a free parking scheme around Christmas to encourage the shoppers to use they high street again, there are so many empty shops now, and the council wonder why.....
They might build a new car park, only so the council can get away with charging £1 for half an hour, what a joke. Lets see if they do a free parking scheme around Christmas to encourage the shoppers to use they high street again, there are so many empty shops now, and the council wonder why..... Southend's Finest
  • Score: 2

10:23am Tue 2 Sep 14

RobertFS says...

no improvement in high street shopping until council come to their senses and give free parking for up to 1/2 hour or even an hour.
no improvement in high street shopping until council come to their senses and give free parking for up to 1/2 hour or even an hour. RobertFS
  • Score: 1

2:54pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Little John says...

I recently needed to pick up a foreign student coming to stay with me at Southend bus station. I don't go to Southend that often as the parking is expensive but on this occasion, had no choice. Students staying for a year come with a lot of bags so I needed the car. You need to pay in advance at the council car parks so paid £1.50 for an hour (just in case). Turned out I only needed 20 minutes. I might seem a little tight but why are we all being charged up front? Wouldn't it make more sense to charge on exit? No over paying or having to keep an eye on the time to avoid a ticket. One other thing. It wasn't very nice in town. As another poster mentioned, chewing gum is on the pavement every where. In the bus shelter where I was waiting were a few fellas wearing the obligatory tracksuits, drinking mad dancing tramp strength larger taking turns toking on a large one. Nice scene for an Italian student to to step off the Stansted Flyer to as their first impression of our town. Won't be going back in a hurry.
I recently needed to pick up a foreign student coming to stay with me at Southend bus station. I don't go to Southend that often as the parking is expensive but on this occasion, had no choice. Students staying for a year come with a lot of bags so I needed the car. You need to pay in advance at the council car parks so paid £1.50 for an hour (just in case). Turned out I only needed 20 minutes. I might seem a little tight but why are we all being charged up front? Wouldn't it make more sense to charge on exit? No over paying or having to keep an eye on the time to avoid a ticket. One other thing. It wasn't very nice in town. As another poster mentioned, chewing gum is on the pavement every where. In the bus shelter where I was waiting were a few fellas wearing the obligatory tracksuits, drinking mad dancing tramp strength larger taking turns toking on a large one. Nice scene for an Italian student to to step off the Stansted Flyer to as their first impression of our town. Won't be going back in a hurry. Little John
  • Score: 2

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