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Parking set to return to Market Hill in Sudbury as social distancing requirements lifted




The suspension of parking along Sudbury’s main thoroughfare, implemented to help facilitate social distancing, ends this week, Sudbury Town Council has confirmed.

Vehicles will once again be allowed to park in Market Hill, after the town council confirmed the final easing of restrictions today meant the Government had removed any legal basis to keep outdoor areas open for social distancing.

The parking bays were initially closed off following the first Covid-19 lockdown back in March 2020, under a temporary traffic regulation order from Suffolk Highways, with the measures extended multiple times by the vote of Sudbury town councillors.

Planters on Market Hill in Sudbury, pictured in 2020. From left: Catherine McMillan, Mark Mason, Bradley Smith, Cllr Jack Owen and Jade Goodwyn.
Planters on Market Hill in Sudbury, pictured in 2020. From left: Catherine McMillan, Mark Mason, Bradley Smith, Cllr Jack Owen and Jade Goodwyn.

After being initially blocked off by traffic barriers, a set of 30 planters with floral displays were installed along the length of Market Hill, in an effort to improve the area’s appearance while the parking suspension was in effect.

The Sudbury Community Wardens will be out on Market Hill on Monday morning to remove the planters, with cars permitted to use the central parking area from that point on.

Town clerk Ciaran Griffin said: “It appears the Government are not keeping any laws do with social distancing measures, so it will be up to people to make sensible decisions within the own remit.

“As we put the planters in, we will remove them and parking will be able to return.”

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