Councillor says drivers see ‘lack of parking enforcement’ as a ‘licence to break the law’

Cllr Julia Wakelam took this picture of illegal parking on the pavement, in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds ANL-160713-132527001
Cllr Julia Wakelam took this picture of illegal parking on the pavement, in St John's Street, Bury St Edmunds ANL-160713-132527001
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A councillor says drivers are seeing a ‘lack of parking enforcement’ in Bury St Edmunds town centre as a ‘licence to break the law and park where they want’.

St Edmundsbury Borough Cllr Julia Wakelam took pictures on Sunday of cars parked fully on the pavement, in St John’s Street, opposite The Centre - blocking the way for those with prams or wheelchairs.

She said: “Pavements in this and other streets are being damaged by cars and other vehicles being driven on them. This is just one street; though it is consistently the worst affected, there are many others in the town where selfish drivers are endangering the safety and the pockets of other law abiding citizens.”

Cllr Wakelam feels there is a lack of on-street parking enforcement, which is currently dealt with by Suffolk Police. She added: “It seems that drivers have taken this as licence to break the law and park where they want.”

Plans are being considered to make local authorities responsible for on-street enforcement.

A police spokesman said officers carry out parking enforcement ‘wherever and whenever possible’ and ‘routinely carry out patrols when possible in Bury’.