CAMPAIGNING councillors are working to protect houseboat residents and community groups from changes to parking rules at a quay.

The North Essex Parking partnership is consulting on plans to introduce permits at King Edward Quay, Colchester, in a bid to combat inappropriate parking in the area.

Residents of the handful of houseboats which moor at the quay have raised concerns after initially being told they would only be allowed one permit per boat.

Nearly 400 people have signed a petition opposing the changes, which says the move will affect not just residents, but birdwatchers on the River Colne, workers and dog walkers.

There are also concerns over the impact the move will have over groups like Colchester Sea Cadets, which is based at the TS Colne Lightship, as well as the Roman Roadsters car enthusiast group which hosts monthly meets at the dock.

Labour ward councillors Lee Scordis, Adam Fox and Mike Lilley have been liaising with residents and have spoken to parking bosses in a bid to clarify the proposed rule changes.

Mr Scordis said: “I have sought clarification from the parking partnership and boat owners will get two permits, which is what they were asking for.

“The parking partnership is consulting with the Roman Roadsters and they are looking at finding an alternative venue or making allowances for them.

“We are keen to find a solution for the sea cadets who do great work in Colchester.”

Under the plans, parking in front of the Maltings’ student accommodation, in Haven Road, which is under Colchester Council’s control, would remain free of charge.

A consultation asking for residents’ views on the changes is set to close on today before a decision is made on the new rules.

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Mr Scordis added: “We encourage everyone who is effected to write in to the consultation. No decision has been made yet and it is important people raise their concerns.”

Objections should be emailed to

  • Adam Fox is standing for election on May 2 in the Old Heath and Hythe ward. The other candidates are Andrew Canessa (Green), Mark Kiley (Lib Dem) and Michael Mcdonell (Conservative).