Parking enforcement

Free parking every Saturday in December

You can park for free at our car parks and pay and display bays each Saturday in December. We've also arranged up to 2-hours of free parking each Saturday in December for 32 spaces in King Street car park, Stanford-le-Hope .

Parking enforcement

We are responsible for enforcing parking, loading and waiting restrictions in the borough.

The main reasons for parking enforcement are:

  • to encourage sensible and legal parking
  • to reduce traffic congestion on our roads
  • to make our roads safer for drivers, pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists
  • to support town centre needs, by encouraging commuters and other drivers to use long-stay car parks freeing up short-stay spaces
  • to increase blue badge benefits, by enforcing disabled parking spaces
  • to allow buses and service vehicles to operate more effectively
  • to improve the general environment
  • to use control and management of parking as part of our integrated transport strategy

A team of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs), previously known as parking attendants, patrol and enforce the on-street parking regulations and the pay-and-display car parks.

CEOs do not deal with:

  • parking appeals
  • issuing permits
  • abandoned or untaxed vehicles
  • vehicles parked on the footway unless there are yellow lines in place
  • vehicles parked on grass verges unless there are yellow lines in place
  • vehicles causing an obstruction unless there are yellow lines in place