Residents say a newly introduced parking scheme has backfired, with some claiming they are now unable to park near their homes.
Suffolk County Council introduced the Zone L initiative in the Grove Road area of Bury St Edmunds which operates between 9.30am and 3pm in an attempt to create better parking for residents.
However, some have hit out at the move which requires them to display a parking permit costing £59 a year for each car. Meanwhile, others are unable to park outside their homes as double yellow lines have been laid requiring motorists to park in designated bays.
Martin Washer, 53, of Cornfield Road, says he is forced to park his car more than 50 metres from his home.
He said: “I pay £135 for two of my cars. One is my daughter’s which is parked outside, but my car can’t fit anymore because the rest of the road is now double yellow lines.”
Liz Ingle, of Durbar Terrace, said: “I can’t park near my house. People who visit have to pay £5 (for a car park).”
People along Cornfield Road are angry because they say the issue of parking has never been a problem.
Dennis Sayer, 61, of Cornfield Road, is yet to pay for his permit which, he says, is a complete waste of money. He said: “I resent paying £59 a year for the period I’m at work. The council haven’t listened to us and it’s just another way for them to make money.”
Gary Bugg, of Cornfield Road, said he was on a low income and thought the parking permit was ‘unaffordable’.
Residents also feel the scheme has pushed a problem of students parking in the area for free elsewhere.
The decision to go ahead with the scheme was based on letters sent to residents earlier this year with two thirds of respondents saying they were happy to pay for permits.
Borough and County Cllr David Nettleton said he was convinced it would resolve the problem of students parking in the area and was put in place for the interest of residents being able to park.
He said: “I appreciate it doesn’t resolve all problems but it’s a reasonable fee, a good deal and I’ve received positive comments from residents.”
A county council spokesman said yellow lines had been removed a number of years ago and had been reinstated to comply with legal orders. They would listen to residents’ requests for the order to be revoked.