Residents and takeaway managers in Bury St Edmunds share anger at nuisance parking and dangerous driving in High Baxter Street and Brentgovel Street as Suffolk Police ticket 19 vehicles
Residents and takeaway managers in Bury St Edmunds have shared their increasing concern and frustration over nuisance parking and dangerous driving in the town centre.
Jamie Burgis, manager of Top Garden Chinese Takeaway in High Baxter Street, said food delivery drivers regularly blocked the car parking spaces outside their premises, meaning staff and customers were forced to park elsewhere.
He said some customers often had to park in spaces where they were then ticketed and others just did not risk it at all, meaning the takeaway had lost business.
"It's been never-ending with customers getting tickets," he said.
"One of our drivers got fined.
"It's getting so bad in the town centre.
"It's really affecting businesses."
Not only were delivery drivers blocking car parking spaces, Mr Burgis said when asked to move, some became hostile.
"They do not listen and they have been very rude to us on several occasions," he said.
A spokesperson said: "Officers are aware of the ongoing issues associated with anti-social parking in the town centre and are working with the local council, partners, residents and businesses to provide a long-term solution.
“While parking enforcement remains the responsibility of the council, dangerous or obstructive parking, can be dealt with by police.
“Officers remain committed to tackling the issues and during an enforcement evening, three vehicles were seized for having no insurance and 11 Traffic Offence Reports (TORs) were issued for failing to comply with traffic signs and for wilful obstruction, among other offences.
“Anti-social parking is an issue that is regularly raised to police and we acknowledge the frustration it causes.
"We would urge all members of the public to park legally, considerately and responsibly.”
As well as nuisance parking, residents say some drivers are acting dangerously in the town centre.
Pauline Judge, a member of the Well Street Association, said there had been ongoing problems with delivery drivers in Brentgovel Street.
Her and other members have been campaigning because of people driving too fast on the pedestrianised area outside McDonald's, which she said was getting 'quite dangerous'.
She said her and other residents had seen lots of near misses and drivers often parked on pavements.
The ongoing issues in Brentgovel Street saw Bury Town Council agree to launch an investigation earlier this year into a possible remedy.
Cllr Peter Stevens, Cabinet Member for Operations at West Suffolk Council, said: “We patrol the town centre on a daily basis and issue Penalty Charge Notices to any vehicle contravening the Suffolk highway parking regulations including those parked inconsiderately and dangerously.
He added if anyone saw any inconsiderate or dangerous parking to report it via: https://westsuffolk-self.achieveservice.com/service/Report_street_parking_infringement