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Long-awaited review launched into oversubscribed Bury St Edmunds parking permit scheme




A long-awaited review into the heavily-oversubscribed Bury St Edmunds parking permit scheme has been launched.

West Suffolk Council announced an independent review of all resident parking zones in the town in October after increasing pressure to look into the system.

It follows concerns among residents that the authority has oversold permits for the number of spaces available, forcing motorists to park on double yellow lines.

Guildhall Street in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley
Guildhall Street in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Mark Westley

In addition, residents are feeling the impact of civil parking enforcement, which the council took over in April 2020.

Cllr Peter Stevens, cabinet member for operations, said while they had 'every sympathy with residents', it was a 'complex issue' with no easy answers.

He said 2020 Consultancy have been appointed to engage with residents and produce a series of options for consultation.

The council said it does not have the authority under the existing scheme to refuse valid applications for parking permits but warns residents it cannot guarantee them a space.

It has powers to make changes to the terms and conditions of each resident permit scheme.

Consultation will start by the end of May and a report will be presented to councillors in the autumn.

Last week, residents in the Churchgate Street area said they were keen to see the launch of the review.

Residents in the Zone A parking area also raised their frustration last September at the number of parking tickets being issued.

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