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.

Virtual permits now available in Harlow

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This week, the NEPP is launching virtual resident and visitor permits in Harlow, which means these permits are now available in all of the Partnership authorities’ areas!

These virtual permits allow residents to renew and buy their own parking permits by phone or online via MiPermit and removes the need to display a paper permit.

If you’re a resident who already has a paper parking permit, you don’t need to do anything until your permit is due for renewal when your reminder letter will explain the new system and provide instructions on how to purchase them.

There are lots of perks to these virtual permits; they’re green, they can be bought at a time that’s convenient to you rather than just during our office hours and they’re more cost effective to administer meaning that permit prices can be kept as stable as possible. Plus, buying visitor permits via the MiPermit system saves money too as 10 virtual visitor permits cost £10 whereas 10 paper visitor permits cost £15.

If you or anyone you know lives in a permit area (including non-motorists who may have visitors who wish to park) and don’t yet hold a MiPermit account but may wish to buy visitor permits, you/they will need to provide the NEPP with proof of residency and register on the system before purchasing any permits.

Anyone who doesn’t have internet access, needs help registering for a MiPermit account or has any questions about the system, should contact us on 01206 282316, at parking@colchester.gov.uk or visit our website at www.parkingpartnership.org. Harlow residents may find Harlow District Council’s website useful too.

Epping Forest join the virtual permit scheme

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Tomorrow, the NEPP is launching virtual parking permits in Epping Forest meaning residents in the district will be able to buy and renew their parking permits by phone or text and won’t need to worry about displaying their permits in their vehicles. Virtual permits are quick and easy to buy and have already been introduced in Braintree, Colchester, Tendring and Uttlesford and the number of residents buying these permits is steadily growing across north Essex.

More information about these permits and how they work is available on the NEPP’s website and Epping Forest District Council’s website, however, existing permit holders don’t need to do anything until their permits are due for renewal, at which point their reminder letters from the NEPP will clearly explain what to do.

If residents don’t have internet access, need help registering for a MiPermit account or have  any questions about the system please visit our website at www.parkingpartnership.org or contact my colleagues on parking@colchester.gov.uk or 01206 282316.

The only partnership authority where the virtual permits haven’t been introduced yet is Harlow and I have it on good authority from the office that this will be happening soon, so watch this space.

Virtual Permits in Tendring

Virtual resident and visitor permits are being launched in Tendring today, so residents across the district can now buy and renew their own permits by phone or online. Buying virtual permits is quick and easy and information about how to buy these is available on the NEPP’s and Tendring District Council’s website. For residents who already have parking permits, they do not need to do anything until their permit is due for renewal, when their reminder letters will explain the new system and provide instructions. There are many perks to virtual permits; they’re green, they can be bought at a time that’s convenient to residents rather than just during office hours and they’re more cost effective to administer meaning that permit prices can be kept as stable as possible. If residents don’t have internet access, need help registering for a MiPermit account or have any questions about the system please visit our website at www.parkingpartnership.org or contact us on  parking@colchester.gov.uk or 01206 282316.

Going Virtual in Braintree

On Monday the NEPP launched virtual resident and visitor parking permits in the Braintree District which means that residents and visitors can now renew and buy their own permits by phone, text or online. Back in January I wrote about the same being launched in Uttlesford District and I’m pleased to say that staff in the office have told me that the number of people buying and renewing their virtual permits is steadily growing across the district and with 98% of permit holders in Colchester now also signed up, I hope Braintree residents and visitors will be reassured that the process for buying permits this way really is quick and easy.

Information about this new system is available on the NEPP’s website, Braintree District Council’s website and at their Customer Service Centre. When residents’ permits are due for renewal, their reminder letters will also explain the new system and how quickly and easily they can renew their permit. If residents don’t have internet access, need help registering for a MiPermit account or have any questions about the system they can visit our website  at www.parkingpartnership.org or contact us on  parking@colchester.gov.uk or 01206 282316.

Virtual resident and visitor permits are currently available throughout Colchester, Uttlesford and Braintree and will be available in the other areas of the Partnership (Tendring, Epping and Harlow) soon.

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