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.

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

Back to School

School Parking Sign

It’s back to school for most children in North Essex this week, so it’s the perfect time for me to post a reminder about the importance of parking safely near schools and to urge drivers to park safely and abide by the parking restrictions that are in place. These restrictions are in place to ensure that the roads are as safe and accessible as possible to all road users at what can be extremely busy times of day.

As I’ve previously blogged about parking outside schools I thought now would be a great time to share those again:

Our Website Makeover

Parking image from the NEPP website

I hope you all had a good bank holiday weekend and have been enjoying the sunny weather we’ve been having.

I’ve just come back to work after a holiday and whilst I was away our website has had an exciting makeover!

The navigation, layout and content of our webpages have been redesigned and improved to make our website much quicker and easier for our customers to use. There’s also lots of new and additional information on there to help our customers find out more about us as an organisation and how we operate and there’s even also some self-serve features too! Customers can now apply online for Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) and in the future, there’ll be a database where customers will be able to look-up and track the status of TRO applications across North Essex.

Take a look at our website makeover at: https://www.parkingpartnership.org/north/ – you’ll even seen a quick and easy link through to this blog!

Pavement Parking

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted on here but I was really keen to blog about pavement parking as it can be a big issue for many people and it’s a subject which we get lots of enquiries and complaints about. Pavement parking can cause real issues for a number of people, particularly pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchair users as it often affects their ability to use and keep to the safety of the pavement.

If a vehicle is parked on a pavement and there are parking restrictions on the adjacent highway, then it is something which Civil Enforcement Officers like me can enforce and we can issue Penalty Charge Notices but this would be because the motorist is contravening the restrictions on the highway rather than because of the pavement parking itself. For example, in the photograph below, a vehicle is parked on a pavement adjacent to double yellow lines and as there isn’t any activity taking place which would permit stopping on double yellow lines (e.g. unloading/loading of goods, passengers getting in or out of the vehicle etc.) a Penalty Charge Notice can be issued.

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If a vehicle is parked on a pavement and there aren’t any parking restrictions on the adjacent highway or if there is a significant obstruction being caused, then this would fall under the responsibilities of the Police who would consider whether this was ‘wilful obstruction of the public highway’, which is an offence. In such instances you can dial the non-emergency Police line 101 who will deal with such matters at their own discretion.

Whilst this post is about pavement parking, you may also find these other posts which I’ve done about parking on dropped kerbs and blocked access of interest too:

Dropped Kerbs and Blocked Access
Who would you report this to?
Access Restricted

I hope the above is helpful and as always, if you’re a motorist, please park safely, legally and considerately.

Bank Holidays and Restrictions

With another Bank Holiday just around the corner, I thought I’d share some information about Bank Holidays and parking and waiting restrictions with you all.

At the NEPP we often get a lot of enquiries from members of the public wanting to know if waiting and parking restrictions apply on a Bank Holiday and many people presume that they don’t apply. However, most parking and waiting restrictions do apply on bank holidays as these are some of the busiest days on the roads and there is still a duty to manage the highways and ensure that roads and car parks are safe and free from congestion. If a parking or waiting restriction does not apply on a Bank Holiday then this will always be clearly signposted.

The other thing to be aware of at this time of year is seasonal parking and waiting restrictions. These are usually found in places which require more parking management during the peak season, such as tourist hot spots. Where these restrictions apply, signs detailing the dates they apply to (like the example below) will exist.

Seasonal Parking Restriction Sign

Please check all the signage before parking or you might return to your car after a lovely day out and find you’ve been issued with a Penalty Charge Notice for parking illegally which I’m sure none of you want.

I hope you’ve all found this useful and have a great bank holiday!

P.S – You may find some of my other posts about Seasonal restrictions and Bank Holidays listed below useful too.

Bank Holidays – just another day?

When could you receive a penalty charge notice?

Seasonal Restriction Results