FRUSTRATED residents are calling for allocated parking during major events on Clacton seafront after facing years of “severe disruptions”.

Residents living in the Marine Parade West area and at Martello Bay face huge problems with parking during high-profile events such as Clacton Airshow.

The town’s West Greensward is often used as staging point for the events and in the case of annual airshow attracts more than 200,000 to the area over two days.

Last year’s airshow saw a large increase in security in the wake of terrorist attacks at tourist hotspots abroad and concrete barriers were brought in to block off roads.

In recent years the number of events has also increased to include international cycling competitions such as the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain and The Women’s Tour.

Last month the greensward was also used to host the Corbeau Seats Rally – the first rally to make use of a new legislation allowing closed road motorsport in England.

St James’ ward councillor Chris Griffiths has called for allocated parking for fed up residents during the events.

He said: “During main events such as motor rallies, air shows and cycle races, a number of residents on Martello Bay and Marine Parade West face severe disruption which sees some roads such as Marine Parade West completely closed off.

“Others such as St Vincent Road, Collingwood Road, Trafalgar Road and Nelson Road are blocked off at one end by concrete blocks.

“This means that on-street parking for residents is either lost or restricted which causes massive disruption for those trying to get to work or have home helps.”

He has asked Mick Skeels, Tendring Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism, whether it would it be possible to make provision for allocated residential parking during the period that the events take place.

He also called for prior notification to residents living in the immediate vicinity.

The issue is set to be discussed at a meeting of Tendring Council on May 15.