Council agrees trial to combat nuisance parking in Basildon borough

A trial aimed at reducing nuisance parking in the borough has been agreed by councillors on Basildon’s Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee.

At a meeting on Wednesday June 10, the committee agreed to a number of trials taking place in selected areas across the borough using a range of measures, such as the reinstatement and removal of grass verges where appropriate, the issuing of Community Protection Notices (CPNs) and Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs).

The committee also heard details of where funding has been spent so far on car parking across the borough and an update on identified projects.

Chairman of the Neighbourhoods and Public Spaces Committee Councillor David Harrison said: “Nuisance parking has to be addressed. This is an issue that keeps cropping up and we are now in a position to trial some approaches aimed at tackling this. I look forward to hearing more on the outcomes of the trial in the future.

“I’m also glad to hear progress is being made on improvements to car parking which is already making a difference to people’s lives. I’ve been particularly pleased to hear the feedback of residents in Billericay who have personally thanked the council for stopping the anti-social behaviour in Radford Crescent Car Park which was a daily occurrence blighting their lives.

“The installation of a drop kerb in Wickford High Street Car Park is already making life much easier and the high street more accessible for our residents.”

Improvements to car parking across the borough were identified by committee last year and are being funded by the South Essex Parking Partnership (SEPP), which Basildon Council is a member of.

To date, more than £25,000 has been spent on improvements to borough car parks. £14,000 was invested in security at Radford Crescent Car Park in Billericay to prevent anti-social behaviour. Since measures were put in place to restrict access to the car park outside of core hours no incidents have been reported.

A further £10,000 has been spent on relining of car park lines and markings across the borough and £1,250 on the installation of a drop kerb at the Wickford High Street Car Park to improve access for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

Further works are ongoing and planned including the purchase and installation of car parking machines.

Basildon Council operates six car parks across the borough including Billericay High Street, Radford Crescent, Billericay, Lake Meadows, Billericay, rear of High Street, Wickford, Ladygate Car Park, Wickford and Wickford Pool, Wickford.

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