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Bury St Edmunds town councillors launch questionnaire after resident parking concerns




Councillors have launched a questionnaire aimed at tackling car parking issues in the centre of a town after receiving dozens of complaints from increasingly frustrated and angry residents.

The issues in Bury St Edmunds have persisted for some time, with residents saying there simply is not enough space for them to park their cars, and town councillors decided it was time to do something.

Cliff Waterman, councillor for Eastgate Ward, said he felt West Suffolk Council was not taking the issue seriously enough, and that by tackling the problems locally, a resolution would be more likely.

Cllr Cliff Waterman said he thought West Suffolk Council was not taking the issue seriously enough.
Cllr Cliff Waterman said he thought West Suffolk Council was not taking the issue seriously enough.

He said: “As the most locally based councillors, we are more in contact with the daily problems faced by our residents. Through the questionnaire, we will build up a clear picture of the problems around parking. We will then be able to work with the district and county councils who have responsibilities in these areas. That way we can provide local solutions to local problems.”

The decision to send out the questionnaire comes after some town councillors started receiving multiple complaints from residents.

Nicola Iannelli-Popham, councillor for Abbeygate Ward, said she had been receiving a ‘constant flow’ of complaints from those in her area.

The lack of space for cars to park is becoming an increasing issue for residents in the town centre.
The lack of space for cars to park is becoming an increasing issue for residents in the town centre.

She said since the start of Civil Parking Enforcement in the town, there had been an ‘enormous increase in the number of parking tickets given out’ with residents struggling to find spaces in the permit zones.

A West Suffolk Council spokesperson said the council was ‘enforcing the parking restrictions that have been in place for a number of years’, a responsibility transferred from the police to the council earlier this year.

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