Residents across Tendring will have more time to apply for their popular free parking permit this year.
An early decision was made to continue with the scheme in a bid to reduce the rush and the high number of calls taken over a short period of time in 2016.
Tendring District Council (TDC) has agreed to go ahead under the same terms and conditions with applications and renewals available from today (January 10).
Last year’s virtual permits will not run out until March 31 and the time limit will be extended for existing holders until they have completed the task.
Application forms have also been changed to reflect feedback received from residents in an effort to make them easier.
Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercialisation, said he is pleased that the initiative is continuing as it has proved popular with both residents and businesses.
“It has been very much appreciated and we want to ensure that the process is as hassle free as possible for everyone,” he said.
“The permits are available to all Council Tax paying households and they can contact the Council if they need help to apply.
“More time is being allowed this year which should make things smoother and applicants should have already received an email reminder or text message.”
Cllr Turner added that residents are asked to be patient, renew or apply online if possible and be prepared to leave a message if they are having any difficulty and an officer will contact them.
“Please remember that applications and renewals do not need to be made until the end of March so there is no great rush,” he said.
“I am certain that our residents will be delighted that they are to receive free parking around the District once again.”
New applicants need to be aware they will need to have their Council Tax number for the application to be successful.