‘Displaced’ motorists and blocked accesses on Moreton Hall

Cars parked in Kempson Way, Moreton Hall

Cars parked in Kempson Way, Moreton Hall

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Motorists who park blocking access to businesses could see yellow lines introduced on a Bury St Edmunds estate.

Parking in Kempson Way, on Moreton Hall, started becoming a problem towards the end of last year - with some people parking so close to junctions that businesses have been struggling to get vehicles in or out.

Suffolk County Council began investigating after receiving complaints about ‘the amount and location of on-street parking’.

It has carried out parking surveys, put notes on cars parked close to accesses asking the owners ‘not to obscure visibility or cause obstruction’ and is considering whether formal restrictions are necessary.

A spokesman said: “If there is found to be a persistent problem we would consider introducing yellow lines.”

The problem seems to stem from motorists who once parked in unoccupied business spaces.

Rooflight company Sunsquare has recently taken on two units near the Self Centre where spaces, previously used at night, are now used as a service yard, with bollards erected ‘primarily for safety reasons’.

Tony Jordon, finance director, said: “It’s true to say there were parking spaces available for people to use which weren’t being used by the tenants of the building, and obviously that situation has changed.”

Likewise, Taylor Wimpey staff began using their car park after moving into their Kempson Way office in October.

Mark Edmond, planning and technical director, said the car park had room for about 65 vehicles.

“All the people used to parking here have been displaced,” he said.