Car park operator forces council to end free parking agreement

27 September 2019
King Street car park in Stanford-le-Hope will no longer offer free parking after Thurrock Council was served with a termination notice by the car park's operator.
RCP Parking is set to introduce number plate readers, which means that the existing contract with the council to provide 2 hours free parking is no longer possible. The contract will end on Monday 30 September.
The council is reviewing all possible options to assist businesses and residents in the area.

Parking meters to go cashless

25 February 2019
In response to a series of break-ins over the weekend parking meters throughout Thurrock will now be completely cashless, accepting card payments only.
In a move to prevent further criminal activity the decision has been taken to empty all machines of money and to move to contactless card payments.
Thurrock Council apologises for any inconvenience this has caused. The council would normally only make these kind of changes after a public consultation but following these break-ins it has been forced to act quickly.

Agreement reached for free parking in Stanford-le-Hope over Christmas and New Year

29 November 2018
Businesses and shoppers in Stanford-le-Hope have received a welcome boost after Thurrock Council negotiated free parking over the festive season.
Thurrock Council has reached agreement with the owners of King Street Car Park, Stanford-le-Hope, to provide two hours of free parking throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
From today (Thursday 29 November), drivers will be able to park free of charge for two hours after the council block-booked 32 of the spaces.

Free Saturday parking throughout December

22 November 2018
Shoppers and businesses in Thurrock received a welcome boost as Thurrock Council announced local parking will be free every Saturday in December.
The initiative, which kicks off on Small Business Saturday (Saturday 1 December), includes all council-owned car parks, as well as its pay and display on-street parking.