College and hospital parking complaints in Bury St Edmunds see residents offered parking permit scheme

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Residents will be offered a parking permit scheme after complaints over hospital and college visitors taking up their spaces.

People living in Hospital Road/Mill Road and Out Westgate area of Bury St Edmunds and in the Springfield Road/ Grove Road area, are to be asked if they want a permit scheme.

Permits cost £59 while visitor passes can be bought for £4 for five.

Cllr Rob Everitt, chairman of St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s Bury area working party, said residents complained that people using the hospital and the college were taking up residential spaces.

“We would encourage residents to go with a permit scheme to put an end to problems of excessive parking,” he said.

Free press reader Neil Plumb backed the move.

“There’s not enough parking now for residents living in the town centre,” he said.

But Dawn Diaper said: “Our lack of residents’ parking is only an issue in the evening when most people are home and parking restrictions are lifted,”.

Residents in Out Northgate/ Station Hill have rejected a permit scheme. Waiting restrictions will be brought in instead.