Talks to continue on layby parking for Moreton Hall

Cllr Trevor Beckwith
Cllr Trevor Beckwith

A long-running debate over the need for on-street parking provision in Skyliner Way, Bury St Edmunds, will continue next week.

On Wednesday, St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s overview and scrutiny committee will find out whether Suffolk County Council is willing to rethink its position on contributing to the project.

Members think something needs to be done before the Eastern Relief Road (ERR) is completed in 2017.

Following an unsuccessful bid last year to the Highway Authorities On-Street Parking Account for £25,000 to create a layby parking facility, the borough has identified funds within its own budgets that could be used.

Cllr Trevor Beckwith, who first suggested installing a layby in 2010, says he would also be willing to contribute some of his locality budget.

He said: “I’m glad St Edmundsbury have taken it on because the county council have failed yet again.”

He added: “The county council just want to put it off for another day.

“This issue’s been going on for years and years and it’s just going to get worse with the new secondary school, 500 houses and god knows what else is going up there, and all they want to do is sit back and say maybe we’ll do it some time in the future.”

A report to the committee says the county council has revisited the cost of the scheme and increased it by £10,000, something Cllr Beckwith wants an explanation for.