The District Council website reports:
Changes to Parking Enforcement
Posted on 22 March 2011 by admin
From 1 April, Rochford District Council will no longer be responsible for enforcing on-street parking regulations (yellow lines, commuter parking etc).
While Essex County Council is still the Highways Authority, the task of enforcing on-street parking controls will be transferred to a new Parking Partnership headed by Chelmsford Borough Council.
The changes won’t affect residents unduly as enforcement will continue as it does now, but the Enforcement Officers on-street will be wearing slightly different uniforms to Rochford’s own staff who will continue to monitor and enforce within the Council’s car parks.
In future, if you have any parking queries or enforcement issues that relate to parking on roads, pavements or grass-verges, contact the Parking Partnership on or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This is quite correct. The District Council has joined a consortium of councils based in Chelmsford. Let’s hope the new system works out OK.
What’s odd is that the decision on this was only taken by the Council cabinet on March 30th – yet the website story was dated March 22nd!
CORRECTION: (April 13th)
It’s been pointed out to onlineFOCUS that this post may have been misleading.
ECC, who have responsibility for on street parking, decided to remove that responsibility from the Essex Districts and place it with two Partnerships, one operating in north Essex and one operating in south Essex. The new operation came into being earlier this month. That basically was the substance of the article on the coucnil website. To advise residents of this change.
The decision taken by the Cabinet at the end of March was not about this change per se, but whether to become a partner in the South Essex Partnership overseeing the new operation. Rochford DC could have chosen not to join the partnership, who would still have had responsibility from this month of managing on street parking in our District.
Apologies for any misunderstanding.