Parking charges at shop precinct

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PARKING charges could be coming to a shopping precinct on Moreton Hall.

To deter all-day parking, charges could be introduced after a period of two-three hours in the Lawson Place and Tallou Court car parks, off Symonds Road.

Michael Bacon, chairman of the Moreton Hall Residents’ Association, said complaints had been made about the car parks ‘always being full’.

He said some users parked there and walked into town, while some workers who car-pooled met and left additional vehicles there.

Of the charges, he said: “It did seem that it was a workable solution in that it appeared we didn’t need to do anything if we were parking there for a few hours and there was going to be provision for people who work in the shops and went to the community centre – it seemed to tick all of the boxes.”

“If it wasn’t free for at least that, I think local businesses would suffer,” said resident Claire Havers.

John Geoffery, 64, also from the estate, worried the free period could soon be reduced.

He said: “Why penalise people for enjoying the day?”

Frederica Mitchell, 54, from Moreton Hall, said: “I think at peak times maybe they should charge.”

“People shouldn’t park out here and walk into town because it takes the availability away from people who need the services – I think paying to park after two-three hours is quite reasonable,” said Gemma Ginns, from Bury St Edmunds.

Lizzie Monteith, who works on the estate, said: “I come up here all the time and never have a problem parking.”

“It would probably affect me coming here,” she added.

A spokeswoman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council, which owns the car parks, said: “Officers have been in discussion with ward members about this issue and options are being drawn up.

“It is hoped that proposals will be circulated for consultation soon.”