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The North Essex Parking Partnership (NEPP) was established in 2011 and is a partnership between Essex County Council and the following six district and borough councils:
Colchester Borough Council is the lead authority for the Partnership and employs the organisation's operational staff as well as providing its communications and marketing services.
The NEPP is an independent local government service, which reports to a Joint Partnership Committee (JPC) which is made up of elected members from each of the Partnership authorities. The NEPP Joint Committee is governed by an Agreement with Essex County Council to whom its parking function is delegated. Various operational issues are delegated to officers of the operational service on a day-to-day basis by the JPC. The NEPP JPC meets four times a year, with its AGM in June.
Each of the district and borough councils (the "client authorities" of NEPP) has a lead client officer with whom the NEPP officers maintain regular contact. These lead client officers also provide the NEPP JPC with operational, financial and other topical reports for their authority.
The NEPP brings together all on-street parking enforcement and operations for Braintree, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow, Tendring and Uttlesford Councils. The NEPP operational service also provides off-street car parking services in the districts/borough of Braintree, Colchester, Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford who are each members of the NEPP JPC Off-Street Parking Sub-Committee.
Essex County Council has also delegated its powers to make parking Traffic Regulation Orders (parking restrictions/permissions such as "yellow lines" and parking bays and permit areas) to the NEPP. The NEPP JPC has a TRO sub-committee to oversee this function, which meets three times a year to discuss cases.
The Partnership is responsible for on-street Civil Enforcement Officers ("traffic wardens"); the enforcement process together with challenges to, and payments of, parking penalties ("parking fines") plus administration of the parking restrictions ("yellow lines") and the management and maintenance of parking schemes.
Further information about the North Essex Parking Partnership can be found on their website and blog.