Anger over changes to car park walkway in Bury St Edmunds

David Netttleton is angry that a footpath through the St Andrews Street car park has been diverted to create six new spaces

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David Netttleton is angry that a footpath through the St Andrews Street car park has been diverted to create six new spaces ANL-160823-152332009
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Alterations to parking in the car park at St Andrew’s Street has led to an outcry after the council created extra spaces.

Cllr David Nettleton is furious that a walkway across the car park used by residents and school pupils has been diverted around the edge of the car park.

He says he has had complaints from people living in the Bishops Road. Tayfen Meadows and Springfield/Grove road areas.

The Risbygate Ward councillor, says the alternative narrow path is ‘highly dangerous’ as people reversing their cars may not see anyone walking behind them. The route is also used by pupils from King Edward V1 School.

He has written to leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council John Griffiths expressing his concerns.

He added there was also no consultation with himself of fellow ward member Julia Wakelam.

“This has been a desk top exercise at West Suffolk House. This is massively well-used. Why cut off this footpath in this way. It is not proportionate.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The lining in St Andrews Street car park had become unclear and we took the opportunity to review the layout of this popular car park to see if we could safely accommodate more long and short stay spaces for town centre workers and visitors – we have subsequently added a further 18 spaces. We operate our car parks to the highest ParkMark standards and our customers can be confident that the new layout conforms to this.”