Fresh appeal for parking solution

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A COUNCILLOR has spoken out over his frustration about the lack of work being done to reduce parking problems on a Bury St Edmunds estate.

For years Cllr Trevor Beckwith, who represents Moreton Hall on St Edmundsbury Borough Council, has been calling for improvements to be made to parking on Skyliner Way.

Nearby residents have previously complained of problems with accessing their homes because staff from nearby businesses, that do not have adequate parking provision, park their cars on the street.

“I don’t blame them for parking on the road, it’s the council’s fault for not providing adequate parking,” said Cllr Beckwith.

Last year, after he submitted a Councillor Call for Action, double yellow lines were introduced in the mid section of the road, to give pulling-in space for passing traffic. But Cllr Beckwith wants to see either off-street parking created or a layby for parking created out of the grass verge in Skyliner Way.

“I don’t want parking restrictions without an alternative because the last thing we need is to disperse the parked cars into residential areas, there’s shortage enough for parking there as it is,” he said.

With the estate earmarked for further development, including 500 new homes and a football ground, Cllr Beckwith is adamant that parking problems need to be addressed before increased traffic makes things worse.

A spokeswoman for the borough council said that discussions on Skyliner Way would not be revisited until all of the road was adopted by Suffolk County Council.