Country park parking fees could rise

Essex County Standard: Country park parking fees could rise Country park parking fees could rise

PARKING charges at the country parks in Essex are under review.

Essex County Council is looking to increase parking fees by the level of inflation at seven of the eight parks in the county.

The proposed changes would come into force on April 1, 2014, if agreed by senior councillors.

Other proposals include introducing free parking for blue badge holders and bringing in a parking charge for vehicles exempt from road tax.

There would be no change to season ticket prices and concessions would still apply.

A seasonal price variation is being considered for the parks at Great Notley and Thorndon, near Brentwood. Free parking would continue at Marsh Farm, at South Woodham Ferrers.

Essex County Council also runs country parks at Cudmore Grove at East Mersea, Hadleigh, Belhus Woods at Aveley, Danbury and Weald.

A council spokesman said: “We have not increased car parking charges in our country parks since 2011 and we are now reviewing those charges.

“The county council is committed to deliver its services while making savings of £215million over the next three years, due to reductions in central government funding.”

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12:30pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

I can never understand why blue badge holders get to park in car parks for free? The entitlement to have a blue badge bears no resemblance to the holder having the ability to pay, just like everyone else!. All it means is the rest of us have to pay more to cover the costs of them parking for free!
I can never understand why blue badge holders get to park in car parks for free? The entitlement to have a blue badge bears no resemblance to the holder having the ability to pay, just like everyone else!. All it means is the rest of us have to pay more to cover the costs of them parking for free! Say It As It Is OK?

5:13pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Broadside says...

What exactly does having a blue badge or an exemption from road tax have to do with paying or not to park? If you take up a space you pay or make it free for everyone.
What exactly does having a blue badge or an exemption from road tax have to do with paying or not to park? If you take up a space you pay or make it free for everyone. Broadside

12:02am Tue 31 Dec 13

Mind your own business says...

It's because scumbags get everything free .
It's because scumbags get everything free . Mind your own business

8:36am Tue 31 Dec 13

wormshero says...

Mind your own business wrote:
It's because scumbags get everything free .
The disabled/elderly/inf
irm are scumbags? I kind of agree with the point others were making about free parking, but resorting to calling people scumbags because they're unable to walk as far, for example, is pretty horrid.
[quote][p][bold]Mind your own business[/bold] wrote: It's because scumbags get everything free .[/p][/quote]The disabled/elderly/inf irm are scumbags? I kind of agree with the point others were making about free parking, but resorting to calling people scumbags because they're unable to walk as far, for example, is pretty horrid. wormshero

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