Council increases short-stay parking in Southend

Published Tuesday, 5th February 2019

Red and Blue car parked side by side

Two mini short-stay carparks are set to be trialled on Southend High Street, with short-term parking spaces available at another major central car park also proposed to increase.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has announced a proposal that its 14-space London Road North car park beside the Odeon cinema be converted into one-hour maximum stay car park with a fixed fare of 20p for half an hour or 50p for an hour. Meanwhile, a further 12 short-stay car parking spaces would be created at the site of the former Pitman toilets with the same charging system operating.

In addition, the one-hour parking band would be reintroduced at Seaway car park during the summer months, bringing more than 600 extra single-hour parking options to the town centre. Currently, single-hour parking is only available at Seaways in the winter months. Single-hour parking here would be priced at £1.60 from April to October and £1.20 from November to March.

The proposal is being made as part of the budget setting process for 2019/20 and will be discussed by the council’s cabinet next week and Full Council on Thursday 21 February.  If approved, the new car-parking changes will come into force from 1 April and will operate on a trial basis for a year.

Payment will be possible at London Road North and Pitmans via cash, phone or the Mobon app.

Cllr James Courtenay, cabinet member for growth said: “While we want residents and visitors to stay longer in our town, I acknowledge that sometimes people just need to nip into town to grab a coffee or collect an order.

“Indeed, Click & Collect shopping is an increasingly important market for some of our high street retailers and these new short-stay parking options should cater perfectly for that market. This is something that local businesses told us was important to them as we consulted over the 2019-2020 budget.

“Over the next year, we’ll be keeping a close eye on the take up of these new car parks and speaking to town centre businesses to see what impact they have on high street trade.

“We will also be doing more to promote use of the more than 2,000 single-hour parking spaces the town already has, both in council and private ownership.”

One-hour parking in Southend town centre

Tylers Avenue and York Road Car Parks – 340 spaces priced at £1.10 for an hour

Short Street Car Park – 101 spaces priced at £1.10 for an hour

Seaway Car Park – 630 spaces priced at £1.20 for an hour (November – March) or £1.60 for an hour (April – October) commencing 1 April 2019

Royals Shopping Centre – 400 spaces priced at £1.10 for an hour

Victoria Shopping Centre – 670 spaces priced at £0.90 for an hour

Sainsbury’s – 340 spaces priced at £1 for an hour (reimbursed with minimum spend instore)

London Road North (from 1 April 2019) – 14 spaces priced at 20p for half an hour or 50p for an hour

Pitmans (from 1 April 2019) – 12 spaces priced at 20p for half an hour or 50p for an hour

Southend Central Station (NCP) – 138 spaces priced at £1.70 for one hour

Luker Road (Britania Parking) – priced at £0.90 for one hour.

Half and single-hour parking is also available in on-street bays in the following streets within the town centre area:

Alexandra Road, Alexandra Street, Baltic Avenue, Cambridge Road, Capel Terrace, Cashiobury Terrace, Clarence Road, Clarence Street, Clifton Terrace, Clifftown Road, Devereaux Road, Gordon Road, London Road, Nelson Street, Prittlewell Square, Queens Road, Royal Terrace, Runwell Terrace, Southchurch Road, Warrior Square, Weston Road, Victoria Avenue, Whitegate Road, York Road.