Road is town’s parking ticket hotspot

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MORE parking tickets have been issued in Victoria Street, Bury St Edmunds, than any other residential street in the town.

Figures revealed in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the Bury Free Press showed that 121 tickets were issued in the street, which hosts both Victoria Surgery and Lloyds Pharmacy, between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.

Suffolk county councillor Mark Ereira said: “It’s a high demand area for residents but also an area where people are trying to get to the surgery and the pharmacy.

“The council must look into it for social reasons – these may be elderly or infirm people going to the surgery,”

A spokesman from Victoria Surgery said that parking would always be a problem but one that they try to combat by displaying information about patients’ options.

They said they would hope that the young and fit would walk to the surgery and be considerate to the elderly and infirm.

Ongoing building work has not reduced the number of parking spaces available in the surgery’s car park.

Long Brackland came second on the list of residential streets where the most parking tickets have been issued followed by Honey Hill, Northgate Street and Princes Street.

A spokesman from St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “We issue Excess Charge Notices to people parking in these residential streets to protect motorists who have bought permits to park there.

“It’s our priority to ensure that residents are able to find space to park.”