Join me and be a parking hero

It’s been a few weeks since I last posted on here, but today I’m really excited and wanted to share this video we’ve created about my role as a Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) – and I got to star in it as well!

So many of you seem to have enjoyed hearing about my job over the last year and I really enjoy my role as a CEO. It gives me plenty of exercise as I’m out and about patrolling my area (although sometimes I use the car as well). I get to talk to local people and visitors, answering general enquiries or providing directions on where to park. When I see someone parking illegally I do need to issue a Penalty Charge Notice, but that’s not what I do all day.

When posts come up, we recruit across Braintree, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Tendring and Uttlesford. It can cause a little confusion, but you need to apply through Colchester Borough Council for any of these areas. You can sign up to the ‘Working for the Council’ e-newsletter to get regular updates on jobs within the North Essex Parking Partnership.

I hope that I’ve inspired some of you to apply for a job as a Civil Enforcement Officer and maybe I’ll be working with you in the future.

Myth Buster: Asking for Parking Restrictions

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We get a lot of applications asking us for new parking or waiting restrictions in local neighbourhoods, so I thought it might interest our followers to know more about the process.

There are lots of different reasons why these changes are requested…maybe a drive keeps getting blocked by visiting vehicles or a car parked in a certain place obstructs traffic and causes tailbacks at peak times.

The great news is that anyone can request a parking change, as long as there is sufficient support for it. The application form is online so you can access it 24/7 and all applications are considered with the local Council. Our form leads you through a series of stages, which have to complete before the application can be submitted.

Before you start filling in the form, you’ll need to bear in mind that you will need to:

  • Show that there is a genuine proven parking safety, congestion or social need.
  • It’s a good idea to contact your local Councillor as you will need to upload evidence to show there is local support for the change.
  • If you’re applying for a new residents only parking scheme you will need to show that a minimum of 75% of residents living in the street support the proposed idea.
  • Our Traffic Road Order (TRO) policies are available on our website which give more details on the types of restrictions which may be put in, It’s worth bearing in mind that depending on the size of the request, it can take from 18 months up to a few years before it’s implemented as it has to go through may approval and consultation processes before the change can be made. If you’re thinking of submitting an application and want to read more, visit our website.

Plenty of room in Colchester as Priory Street Car Park reopens

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Happy New Year.  I thought I’d use the first post of 2017 to update you on works to and around car parks in Colchester; Priory Street and St Mary’s.

My colleagues and I at the NEPP were excited to see Priory Street Car Park officially reopened last week after an extensive refurbishment. It now has a high quality surface, improved landscaping and architectural lighting to celebrate the Town Wall that runs down one side of the car park; creating a more attractive area for everyone (see picture above).

Regular users of this car park will also be pleased to hear that the new layout has been designed to improve vehicle and pedestrian access and it has been relined with wider spaces to allow better access for disabled people and people with pushchairs. New ‘pay and display’ machines have been installed, enabling you to pay via your contactless or chip card; these run alongside other cashless payment options including ApplePay, MiPermit online, text and phone, or coin.

The other car park I wanted to quickly mention was St Mary’s. You may have heard that Essex County Council are replacing the footbridge across Balkerne Hill, which has bought in some road closures around the area. I just wanted to reassure our customers that the car park will remain open during these works, but for the duration of the works the slip road from St Mary’s Car Park onto Balkerne Hill will be closed. An alternative route will be clearly signposted via the St Mary’s Fields, bringing drivers onto the Lexden Road roundabout. If you would like to find out more about these works visit Essex County Council’s website

Merry Christmas!

With Christmas just two sleeps away, we’re all feeling very festive here at the NEPP and wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Keep safe and enjoy the celebrations and as it’s a very busy time of year on the roads you may find the following local travel news and advice useful over the coming weeks:

BBC Essex Travel

Essex Highways – Winter Travel

Essex Police – Winter Driving

Get ready. Get set. VOTE!

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I’m super excited today as the public vote has now opened for the Digital Awards Champions – and you can vote for this blog to win!

I was over the moon when my blog won the Gold Award at the Essex Digital Awards in the Business Blog category back in April. Everyone here at the NEPP was so pleased to hear how impressed the judges were with this blog and how it manages to make a difficult subject fun, engaging and understandable.

All the Gold Award winners from the Digital Award Schemes 2016 are now in the running to be overall Champion for their category. Your votes will now choose an overall Champion for each category from the awards that have taken place in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Milton Keynes and Surrey.

I’m so pleased that our customers are finding this blog useful and I would like to ask you to cast your vote for this blog. To vote, simply go to www.thedigitalawards.co/champions/blog-business, select North Essex Parking Partnership (Essex) and click the ‘submit vote’ button. The vote will close at 5pm on 20 January 2017.

Happy voting and fingers crossed!

Late Night and Christmas Shopping Parking Offers

colxmas_0007There’s plenty of Late Night and Christmas Shopping offers right across the NEPP area; it’s one of the things I’m asked about a lot at this time of year!

Most local authorities will have some special parking offers and others have free parking on some occasions. You can find out about these by checking the signage in the car parks (it’s always explained on the machine or tariff board nearby) or check your local authority’s website.

Details of all the North Essex Parking Partnership authority car parks and tariffs can be found on our website here under ‘North Essex Links’.

Priory Street Car Park Update

I’ve just popped back to the office on this lovely sunny day and whilst I’m here I wanted to post something about the temporary closure of Priory Street Car Park in Colchester.

Colchester Borough Council has now temporarily closed its Priory Street Car Park until late 2016 whilst works take place to upgrade and improve the site. Alternative parking is available nearby in Britannia, Vineyard Street and St John’s car parks and information and updates about the closure (including alternative arrangements for permit holders) is available on Colchester Borough Council’s website.

I’m now back off on patrol, but enjoy the rest of your week and the warm weather we’re having.