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Bury St Edmunds town centre resident parking zone set for 30 extra spaces

A heavily over-subscribed Bury St Edmunds resident parking zone could be in line for extra spaces.

Suffolk Highways wants to implement changes in Zone D – which includes Churchgate Street, Westgate Street, College Street, Guildhall Street, Whiting Street and Bridewell Lane, Chequer Square and Crown Street.

Some existing parking bays would be changed and new ones created – meaning the zone would have 30 extra parking spaces than present – while resident-only parking hours would be extended to 8am-8pm from the current 8am-6pm restrictions.

Churchgate Street, residents parking sign (49199936)
Churchgate Street, residents parking sign (49199936)

The scheme has been in the pipeline for five years, but on Friday Suffolk County Council published a public notice stating its intention to make the traffic regulation order changes.

Vivien Gainsborough Foot, chairman of the Churchgate Area Association, said: “We are delighted the committee of the association has achieved these 30 extra parking bays at long last and really hope it will help our residents, especially since the timings are being changed to 8-8 instead of 8-6. It gives more opportunity for residents returning from work to find a space.

“We are very sorry it has taken five years to realise our ambitions, but I would like to thank our two county councillors Robert Everitt and David Nettleton and our district councillor Jo Rayner and former borough councillor Andrew Speed, who have been active in encouraging and assisting us in our campaign.

Churchgate Street (49199931)
Churchgate Street (49199931)

“Of course, it goes without saying that we are grateful to the county council for its agreement to fund these parking bays.”

Zone D is heavily over-subscribed, with four times more resident permits issued than there are parking spaces.

West Suffolk Council has launched an independent residential parking permit review, with a report due in the autumn.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Highways said: “With the limited number of on-street parking spaces available, we recognise the challenges residents and businesses face. Following assessment, additional parking spaces have been identified for permit holders.

Churchgate Street (49199925)
Churchgate Street (49199925)

“We are currently unable to provide timescales for implementation, however updates will be provided as the scheme progresses.”

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