Annual parking pass will be available from April 2021

A new parking permit, enabling residents to park in any council-owned car park or on-street bays for up to 3 hours at a time, for only 28p a day (£8.50 per month), will be available from April 2021.

Top down view of red and blue cars parked side by side

Residents are being encouraged to sign up now for e-updates and more information on the scheme prior to launch.

The Southend Pass is an annual permit that will start from 1 April 2021, designed to help save money for those residents who make frequent trips in and around the Borough.

It will cover council car parks and parking bays throughout the Borough. Costing just £8.50 per month, drivers will be able to enjoy daily bursts of three hours’ parking in any of our car parks or parking bays on the street. It cannot be used in residential parking permit areas.

There will be four zones across the Borough, and the three-hour limit can be used in every zone, meaning someone could park for up to 12 hours in a day if they make use of the 3 hours parking available in each zone.

Southend-on-Sea residents interested are asked to sign up to receive updates via email. You will then receive notifications without any commitment to buy, closer to the time the pass launches. More information is available on our website.

Cllr Ron Woodley, deputy leader and cabinet member for transport, capital and inward investment said: “At just 28p per day, this will offer exceptional value to our residents, and we hope many people will take advantage of that value, and also the convenience and simplicity the Southend Pass will provide when it launches later this year.

“Although at the current time some of our car parks and bays are suspended and our message to everyone is please stay at home, stay safe and stay local when you are out, looking forwards we hope we will be in a more positive position once the pass launches later this year, and once again we will encouraging people to explore their Borough. In the meantime we are asking local people who are interested to sign up for notifications to find out more about the pass and how to buy it prior to launch.

“The pass will be really easy to use, and once it is in operation all you will need to do is activate your parking session on the MOBON app when you reach the parking space. Then you will be free to head off and enjoy three hours’ parking. Alternative ways to pay will be available for those who don’t use MOBON or have a smartphone.

“The pass will be particularly useful for local people who want to travel around the Borough, as you will be able to have three hours in each zone, every day, so up to twelve hours in total. As long as you park for three hours or less in each zone, you don’t have to worry about parking charges at all. And if you want to stay longer, you will be able to top up at the end of the three hours.”

For those who don’t have access to a smart phone or the MOBON app, there are other ways to pay for the Southend Pass, so please contact our parking team on 01702 215003.

Published: 5th January 2021

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