Frinton on Sea don't want us or have I misread the sign. Well, on one side of the road.

magpus

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I have been visiting Frinton, in Essex for more years than I care to remember. Probably around 45 years actually.
Parking has always been free along the sea front and continues to be with the beaches stretching a long way towards Clacton and Walton and beyond.
It's fantastic and I love it.
When we bought our Moho around 3 years ago, we slept overnight there quite a few times and last year a PCSO said that residents didn't like moho's, so could we kindly not stay.
We weren't staying anyway but the nice PCSO did say that she finished at 10PM so no one would check after anyway. B-)

Well, this year the parking signage has changed, as attached.

This year they don't want you parked on that side of the road at all, but the other side of the road is fine. No restrictions as far as I saw.
Not sure why I took the weird angle of someone else's car but our van was parked on the opposite side of the road.

So if you planned on a visit to Frinton on sea in a moho and expect to park on the grassed side. DONT.

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Parking on one side of the road allowed but not the other, what is going on in this country, this is a perfect example of the insanity that is developing on so many levels.I would not be at all surprised if in 15 years I am encouraging my boy to leave the place :(
 

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No TRO on the sign, not legal, and not stating motorcaravan which is the legal standing, tax paid then just resting as stated in the highway code.
Just as a heads up for anyone not familiar with TRO, they are usually on the back of signs.

Back to the parking...so you can't park on the seaward side of the road, but you can park at the other side.....outside the houses.🤔🤔🤔
 

magpus

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Back to the parking...so you can't park on the seaward side of the road, but you can park at the other side.....outside the houses.🤔🤔🤔
Exactly.
I checked the lamposts, and anything else I could see, to double check restrictions, but nothing.
Maybe Tendring District Council will work on the opposite side of the road next.
I'll have to keep an eye on the signage!
 

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Where we used to park is in red.
Where we cannot now park is on red and yellow
Where we APPEAR to be legally allowed to park is in green.

As far as I am aware, there are no car parks in Frinton.
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We have always parked at south end of that road, i.e. between the block of flats just visible in your second photo and the golf course.
There are only a few parking spaces suitable for LWB vans on that side of road as the angled ones leave the van sticking out and partially blocking road.
 

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Further to my post above, as a preference we used to try and park on one of the couple of suitable bays in yellow line area, if we couldn't do that we parked in the green line area. I've often seen vans parked across several bays in the yellow area, something which upsets both residents and car visitors, and I don't blame them. Although the sign appears to be unenforceable as mentioned above my van is a 'motor caravan'.
 

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This is my take on it:

To be given a Penalty Charge Notice there has to be an offence - clearly - and there has to be an offence code. Here's a list of them http://www.newparkinglaws.co.uk/post/PCN-Contravention-Codes, I don't know which code they would use but if you've turned up in a coach then PCN 57 might do. But for the rest, no code that I can see but I've not looked very hard.

The offence (this is on-street parking) will be defined by a TRO. I think an email to the parking people at the Council to ask what PCN Code they would use if one of us was to ignore, in error of course, the notice. And you'd like a copy of the TRO at the same time please.

There are regulations, meant to be strict regulations, on what signs can be displayed on or near roads. When last I was involved in such things - two or three years ago now - all traffic signs had to be in the Manual (authorised by The Secretary of State) and any non-standard signs had to be submitted to national govt for approval. You can google TSRGD - Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions and also Traffic Signs Manual. I don't think you'll find this sign in there.

Unauthorised signs are felt to be dangerous. Drivers have to see them and understand them quickly without taking too much of their attention away from their driving. Unauthorised signs are considered an obstruction of the highway. That'll be somewhere in those documnents I've pointed you to.

Without looking into it more deeply than that I think no PCN issued would survive the appeals process.

My take on this is that the council is trying it on.
 

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I think you are right! The sign is overcomplicated and tries to cover so many...my van with windows isn't specifically mentioned, caravanettes( what are they according to DVLA?) The intention is probably to stop the narrowing of the road by large vehicles parking on slanted spots, and stop parking sideways. But a very unhelpful way to achieve this.
 

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Maybe so but I think its rude to park in front of a house obscuring their view
So do I, I would never do it under normal circumstances, if other choices are available.
But signs like that pish me off. Councils put them up to appease the locals, but when they are called out over them, claim they are only advisory.
 

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Parking on one side of the road allowed but not the other, what is going on in this country, this is a perfect example of the insanity that is developing on so many levels.I would not be at all surprised if in 15 years I am encouraging my boy to leave the place :(
Two of my children left about 18 years ago, both live in Spain..
I think they sussed out uk insanity years ago.
 

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I think they have done the same near Deal. They don't want motor homes on the sea front because people put awnings out, and tables and chairs. It would seem pic nics are ok if you have a car, but not otherwise.
Also right along Worthing sea front is cars only, which is why I don't go there anymore. Petty of me I know as I don't suppose anyone will care.
Rant over.
 

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