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Call for motorists to stop parking in or driving through Brentgovel Street pedestrianised zone




'Please stop driving through or parking in pedestrianised zone' – that is the plea from Bury St Edmunds town centre residents who fear an accident could happen.

Well Street Association members say the traffic restrictions in Brentgovel Street are being habitually ignored by some motorists.

Despite the pedestrianised zone at the top of Looms Lane, they see many drivers parked alongside McDonald’s to pick up orders, while some have also started driving through the pedestrianised zone as a cut-through to Short Brackland.

Residents say the traffic restrictions in Brentgovel Street are being habitually ignored. Picture by Mark Westley (43498684)
Residents say the traffic restrictions in Brentgovel Street are being habitually ignored. Picture by Mark Westley (43498684)

Now, the association wants to raise awareness of the pedestrianised zone.

Peter Gaskin, of Well Street Association, said: “We have seen an escalation in the problem. There is a hard core of food delivery drivers who park in the pedestrianised area.

“In addition, the area is becoming a drive-thru and people are so habitual in going through there they forget it is pedestrianised and forget what speed they are driving.

Trevor Beckwith, Independent, standing in Eastgate and Moreton Hall. (43475728)
Trevor Beckwith, Independent, standing in Eastgate and Moreton Hall. (43475728)

“The other week I saw an elderly lady with a trolley nearly get bowled over by a van there.”

“We are asking businesses to do a bit more to make that area safe. That whole pedestrianised area is a gateway to the town centre and pedestrians should have unfettered access.

“If people want to pick up from McDonald’s they should park in a car park or a pay for car parking. Those drivers who dopark in the bays by the King’s Arms and walk up to collect orders should be praised.”

County councillor Trevor Beckwith said signage in the area would be improved, while options for blocking the area and funding any works were being explored.

Cars parked in a pedestrian zone in Brentgovel Street (43486276)
Cars parked in a pedestrian zone in Brentgovel Street (43486276)

“It is a matter of how do we block it,” said Cllr Beckwith.

“There have been suggestions of using planters, but access has got to be maintained for deliveries. A preferred option is something like the gates at the top of Abbeygate Street.

“We have got to do something. The main thing is to prevent vehicles going into a pedestrianised zone.”

Cars parked in a pedestrian zone in Brentgovel Street (43486281)
Cars parked in a pedestrian zone in Brentgovel Street (43486281)

A West Suffolk Council spokesman said civil parking enforcement officers were regularly patrolling the area and issuing penalty notices.

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