Tis the season to be…

…spending time with friends and family. With Christmas next week I’m sure many of you have plans to visit or will be visited by your friends and families over the festive period. For me spending time with your loved ones and getting everyone together is one of the highlights of Christmas.

Residential Street

For those of you visiting friends and family who live in a residents parking zone and are planning to drive there you will need a visitors parking permit (if you’re unable to park your vehicle outside of that zone). Residents who live in these zones can buy virtual visitor permits via the MiPermit system or may have paper visitor permits which their visitors can display in their windscreens. Residents choosing to buy the virtual permits over paper permits will save money too with 10 virtual visitor permits costing £10 as opposed to 10 paper visitor permits costing £15.

Visitor permits can be bought by residents via their MiPermit accounts or by ringing the NEPP office on 01206 282316. If residents who live in these areas aren’t sure how many visitor permits they’ll need over the Christmas and New Year period, I would suggest it’s better to have too many than too few as not being able to obtain a visitor permit or running out of visitor permits are not valid reasons for cancelling Penalty Charge Notices, plus, unused visitor permits don’t have an expiry date so they can be used in the future.

Most of the residents parking schemes across North Essex are located in built-up areas where there are often car parks nearby should visitors wish to park there instead. Car parks across North Essex which are managed by the NEPP are free of charge on Christmas Day and most have some great parking deals on over the winter months too.

If you have any queries about parking permits, please visit our website or contact my colleagues by emailing parking@colchester.gov.uk or phoning 01206 282316, who will be happy to help.

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