Warning over first time parking charges

By Becky HallewellVISITORS have been warned parking charges could be introduced in a resort where there is currently no fee for them to leave their cars while enjoying a day at the seaside.

By Becky Hallewell

VISITORS have been warned parking charges could be introduced in a resort where there is currently no fee for them to leave their cars while enjoying a day at the seaside.

Parking is currently free in Frinton, which has a different policy to neighbouring Walton on the Naze where motorists have to pay to use council-run car parks.

Tendring District Council has warned fees might be introduced for parking in Frinton, but Len Brooks, of Frinton Residents' Association, said 98% of residents were opposed to the move.


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"Walton has car parks, Frinton doesn't - that's the reason for the difference. It is quite wonderful to see people arrive with their balls and hampers," he added.

"Because it is open and free, it is a cheap day out. Besides, people who come to Frinton in their cars take their litter away with them."

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The change could happen when parking offences are decriminalised in October and Tendring District Council takes over responsibility from Essex Police for their enforcement.

Terry Allen, leader of Tendring District Council, said he was convinced that visitors to Frinton would eventually have to pay for parking in the resort.

"Charges have been like this since time immemorial, but everything will change in October when the district council takes over control. Then we will be looking at charging in certain areas," he warned.

"We will look at where we can earn in Frinton and use the money to improve facilities in the area. If visitors get charged, so be it."

But Tendring district and Frinton and Walton town councillor, Jan King was bemused. "I've not heard of any suggestion of charges coming into Frinton and nothing other than an annual increase in Walton."

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