Campaign to find parking spaces

BUSINESSES in Bury St Edmunds are calling for more on street car parking spaces to be created around the town.

The initiative is being led by Andrew Hunter, owner of the Hunter Club, in Guildhall Street, who wants people to take pictures of prospective parking sites.

Mr Hunter explained his idea at a recent meeting of Bury Chamber of Commerce and said he hoped the campaign would put pressure on local authorities to create more spaces.

Mr Hunter said there were a lot of places in Bury that could potentially be used for on street parking.

He said: “Car parking is very important to Bury as lots of people want to drive into the town for shopping.

“We need to make the most of the car parking available – for me, every space counts.

“There seems to be places where we can put car parking spaces that are just not being used. In Guildhall Street alone we have seen six spaces that could be utilised. I have also spotted spaces all over the town. It has always been an issue and the continual increases in car parking charges continues to dismay. It should be important that people can get in and out of town easily.”

Andrew Denny, chairman of the chamber, said he would be interested to see how many potential car parking spaces the campaign manages to spot.

He said: “Car parking is a big issue in Bury. The group is going to see how many potential car parking spaces there are in the town.

“It is about creating a mixed range of parking spaces all around Bury. I think it would be a great idea if people could send in pictures of locations they think are suitable.

“If we can find one space here and one space there they will all add up.”