Double yellow lines will be consulted on

double yellow lines, which appeared almost overnight near a popular country park in Bury St Edmunds, were painted under a temporary order and the move will be consulted on before being made permanent.

Double lines introduced in Nowton Park Road, to coincide with the implementation of charges in Nowton Park’s car park, have attracted complaints from motorists, park users and residents.

But the Bury Free Press learned this week that they were created under a temporary order and will be consulted on before a permanent order is made.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “In view of the imminent implementation of the charges, the county council had to work quickly to ensure a temporary order was put in place.

“The temporary order can only stay in force for a maximum of 18 months, which allows time to consult on the making of a permanent order.

“Any comments or objections will be considered as part of that order- making process.”

Carol Perry, chairman of Nowton Parish Council, said there had been no consultation on the lines because a lack of communication between the borough and county councils had meant there was not enough time.

The first Mrs Perry knew about them was when she saw them painted.

She said: “We (the parish council) think they’re horrendous and appalling. We knew nothing at all about it and took action immediately. In our opinion, 18 months for a temporary order is too long.”

The parish council has requested the lines be removed immediately, or that a clearway be introduced, with signs installed at the entrance to Nowton Park and in the village.

“People would still not be able to park, but it would not have the horrendous impact that the lines have had,” said Mrs Perry.

Meanwhile, in response to questions raised about the costs associated with introducing fees in the car park, a spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “The Nowton Park car park is being managed by the in-house council team, at no additional cost.

“The capital cost of installing three new ticket machines and the signage was around £12,000.

“The figure in the net budget for income we hope to raise this year from introducing parking charges is £25,000. This will go towards the cost of maintaining facilities in the park.

“Regular users can buy a season ticket for £15 online at www.stedmundsbury.gov.uk or by calling 01284 757088.”