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Petition calls for action to protect Long Melford village green from damage caused by car parking

A petition urging action to address growing concerns about a village green has received 165 signatures from residents, who claim its use as an impromptu car park has left the land in a sorry condition.

The proposal, entitled Please Save Our Green, was submitted to Long Melford Parish Council by members of the community at the end of January, calling for barriers to be installed at each end of the green, to prevent motorists from driving on to and parking on the green during busy periods in the village.

Several villagers also raised the issue at the parish council’s monthly meeting at the United Reformed Church on Thursday evening, when councillors approved the formation of a small village green working group to try to resolve the problems.

Holy Trinity Church and village green, Long Melford, Suffolk.. (29125361)
Holy Trinity Church and village green, Long Melford, Suffolk.. (29125361)

“As residents of Long Melford, we take pride in our lovely village and are, therefore, concerned at the deterioration of the top green,” the petition reads.

“Since the removal of the logs at either end of the green, it has been used as a car park, resulting in its present sad state.

“We would like to propose that the logs, or another type of barrier, are reinstated as soon as possible to avoid further deterioration, and additional car parking facilities made available at the top of the green.”

Parish clerk Don Lovelock confirmed the petition will be presented by council chairman John Nunn to land owner William Hyde Parker at the working group’s first meeting.

Members of the group will also include Cllr Jonathan Ewbank, representing the neighbourhood plan committee, and Ian McDonald, warden at Holy Trinity Church, which overlooks the village green.

At the council meeting, Cllr Ewbank suggested additional car parking provisions should be considered, stating: “There is a very strong will to try to get to grips with this issue.”