Residents jubilant after new parking spaces installed

The new parking spaces on Peacock Rise in Ixworth.   Representatives from St Eds Borough Council, Havebury, Ixworth Parish Council, and Peacock Rise residents.
The new parking spaces on Peacock Rise in Ixworth. Representatives from St Eds Borough Council, Havebury, Ixworth Parish Council, and Peacock Rise residents.
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Nine new car parking spaces have been set up in a busy village road.

The extra spaces have been established in Peacock Rise, Ixworth, in response to ongoing parking problems faced by residents.

The scheme was spearheaded by Ben Lord, vice chairman of Ixworth and Ixworth Thorpe Parish Council, with £16,000 in funding from Havebury Housing Partnership’s Neighbourhood Investment Panel.

He said: “The area was originally designed for about a dozen cars and as the years have gone on we were having in excess of 30 vehicles on the evenings and weekends parking in that area on the grass verges.

“One Saturday morning ambulances were needed to two addresses. There were two ambulanvces parked in the street and no-one could get in or out. If something more serious happened like a fire, how are they going to get access?

“I had a vision of a new tarmac carpark and that is what we set out to achieve.”

With a further £1,000 in funding from County Cllr Jo Spicer and £500 from the parish council, nine additional spaces including a disabled bay were added to an already established parking area.

Mr Lord said: “The residents are absolutely bowled over and so pleased that a solution has finally been brought about.”