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'We're in a terrible situation': Bury St Edmunds residents frustrated as parking ticket issues persist in town centre




Residents who live in and around Bury St Edmunds town centre are frustrated by the number of parking tickets being issued.

Tracey Cundell, who lives in the Zone A parking area just outside the town centre, said West Suffolk Council had oversold permits for the number of spaces available so it was impossible for residents to not park on double yellow lines.

“We’re in a terrible situation,” Tracey said.

Residents on Peckham Street are frustrated by issues with parking tickets.	Picture by Mark Westley.
Residents on Peckham Street are frustrated by issues with parking tickets. Picture by Mark Westley.

“It’s causing a huge anxiety with residents because if you go out at night, there aren’t physically enough parking spaces in the zones for everybody to park their car when they come home.”

Tracey was given a parking ticket a few weeks ago after parking on a double yellow line, which cost her just over half the cost of her annual parking permit.

She tried to appeal the decision with the council but lost.

Tracey was given a £35 ticket a few weeks ago.Picture by Mark Westley.
Tracey was given a £35 ticket a few weeks ago.Picture by Mark Westley.

“It was £35 for me and I’m already paying £59 a year for my permit, so I don’t need many of them,” she said.

A Council spokesperson said: “We recognise that existing town centre parking for residents is constrained particularly in the historic core where many homes were built when there was no cars.

"Unfortunately in some of these areas, the number of cars people have per household does outstrip the number of available spaces.

"We administer the residential permit scheme on behalf of Suffolk County Council and advise all residents buying a residential permit that it does not guarantee them a parking space.

Tracey has spoken to councillor Cliff Waterman about the issues.	Picture by Mark Westley.
Tracey has spoken to councillor Cliff Waterman about the issues. Picture by Mark Westley.

"We are also not able to refuse an application for a permit on the grounds that permit zone is over subscribed.

"A review of Resident Permit Parking across the town is planned to start later in this financial year."

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