Councillors ask where Bury’s pay-on-exit got parked

Why isn't Bury's Parkway carpark pay-on-exit yet?  ENGANL00120121023171145
Why isn't Bury's Parkway carpark pay-on-exit yet? ENGANL00120121023171145

Councillors have called for a report on why Bury St Edmunds still has no pay-on-exit carpark four years after it was first suggested.

The question was raised to St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Bury Area Working Group last night by OurBuryStEdmunds chief executive Mark Cordell.

He said: “We’re still a long way from providing people who use the town with the option of extending their visit if they want to.

“It’s trying to give the flexibility for people to stay longer.”

Mr Cordell said technology gave the option to reduce costs and allowed linking benefits like money off purchases to the parking ticket.

Cllr David Nettleton, who led a major review of parking charges, said: “I’m perplexed about the delay. Pay-on-exit was put forward after the review – it’s about four years.”

Working party chairman Robert Everitt said part of the delay had been due to the ill health of a consultant. The party asked officers to report on progress.