Some motorists will pay almost three times as much a year to park their cars if new proposals are approved.

At a cabinet meeting on Thursday (September 6), Epping Forest District Councillors will examine a new car parking tariff scheme, the organisation's first since 2015.

As well as upping off street residential parking from £48 to £50 a year, it suggests increasing annual season tickets for long stay car parks from £750 to £1,224 in Loughton, Epping and Buckhurst Hill, and short stay from £1,275 to £2,040.

In Ongar and Waltham Abbey, long stay tickets will cost £1,224 rather than £450 a year.

Occasional users of long stay car parks will also be hit, with the £3.80 cap over three hours raised to £6 for over five hours.

In the report officer Kim Durrani writes: "The Council owned car parks are under considerable pressure.

"Short stay shoppers and workers in town centres routinely complain about the lack of paid for parking.

"This review attempts to simplify parking tariff, accept the principle of controlling demand by price, help local businesses by keeping the lower charge bands unchanged, gradually removing subsidy from season ticket prices, continue the differential tariff across the District, create uniformity in charging on weekends and reinvest some of the additional income in improving and enhancing user experience."

While one-off, short stay parking will remain largely unchanged and a £1 all-day charge in some car parks at weekends will remain, the latter will now follow a free period of one rather than two hours.

To advertise these updated charges, the council plans to use £30,000 previously earmarked for cleaning contaminated land to replace notice boards in car parks.

A further £330,000 is sought to update CCTV systems, hire external consultants to help install LED lighting in car parks, install electrical charging points if feasible and improve the landscape.

If demand stays the same and the policies are approved and implemented from March 2019, yearly income for the council would increase by £320,000 from 2017/18's £1,347,000.