Haverhill residents call on Suffolk Highways to remove 'unnecessary' double yellow lines to help make parking near their own homes possible
A disabled woman and a town and district councillor have united in making a call for something to be done to enable her- and other nearby residents - to park near their own homes in Haverhill .
Cllr Pat Hanlon is supporting the call by Corinne Abbott for double yellow lines to be removed from one side of Millfields Way so residents of Ickleton Place, where Mrs Abbott has lived for 30 years, can park near their own homes.
Mrs Abbott and her husband David, had a garage, accessed off Millfields Way, for 30 years, but had to give it up when the car they bought could not fit inside.
Like other residents they would then park at the front of the two disused garages, or close to them, or on the grassed verge behind their house on Millfields Way.
However, since civil parking enforcement was implemented in August, enforcement officers have been issuing £70 fixed penalty notices for anyone parking near the garages - where there are double yellow lines - or on the grass.
Now Mr and Mrs Abbott are often left having to park some distance away, which is causing her physical problems due to her health issues. Health visitors and tradesmen are also faced with the same parking predicament.
Mrs Abbott said: “No other housing estate has double yellow lines on both sides of a wide distributor road in Haverhill.
“With my mobility and disability problems it is stopping me from parking near my home and this this and constantly bumping over the speed humps (on Millfields Way) it has become a nightmare and impacted on my health and disability.”
Double yellows and speed humps were put in Millfields Way when Chalkstone Middle School was on that road, but with the school no longer there, Mrs Abbott believes the road needs updating.
Her stance is backed by the fact that there are no yellow lines on the section of Millfields Way beyond the Manor Road turn, heading towards the Chalkstone Way junction.
She added: ““I feel that being able to park close to home comes under the Disability Discrimination Act, putting me at a disadvantage because of mobility.
“I hope the town council and Suffolk Highways listen and this road is improved.”
Cllr Hanlon said: “The double yellow lines should be taken away from the side of the road.”
A spokesperson for Suffolk Highways said: “Suffolk Highways has no plans currently to review the parking restrictions at this location.
“However, the concerns have been raised with the relevant team for consideration.
“When residents are facing challenges such as these, we suggest reporting these via our Highways Reporting Tool in the first instance. The customer will receive regular updates via telephone or email.”