Out Northgate and Fornham Road residents handed warning tickets and told to move their cars
‘Where are we supposed to park?’ That is the question being asked by Bury St Edmunds residents who were told to move their cars or face being ticketed, despite decades of parking outside their homes.
Parking attendants descended on the Out Northgate and Fornham Road areas at the weekend, slapping warning tickets on cars parked on pavements and verges.
Residents have been angered by the action, which they say came out of the blue and has left them wondering where they are supposed to park.
They fear the action will have an impact on property values, given homes now have no nearby parking facilities.
Gavin Walter, homeowner, said: “We have had 30-plus years of being allowed to park here.
“The council previously consulted us on it, saying they were consulting residents about ‘your parking’ and asked if we would like permits.
“At every consultation, we have said we were happy with the way things were. They did introduce restrictions between 8-10am outside the shops in Out Northgate, which we said yes to. There was no consultation on this latest move.
“The residents can’t believe that after 30-odd years they’ve just done this with no consultation or warning. The nearest parking zones are A and B, which have limited spaces and are some distance away, plus we are not entitled to permits. We have just been told there’s nowhere to park.”
One Fornham Road resident said they had been parking outside their home for 24 years with no issues.
“I’d like to know where we are supposed to park. We have neighbours who are vulnerable and require wheelchair access from their car to their home. They have had to park over half a mile away,” she said.
James Tottie, Out Northgate resident for 10 years, said he was ‘bemused’ by the unexpected action.
“It really caught us all by surprise and we couldn’t see the logic behind it,” said James.
“As well as the inconvenience, it damages the prices of the properties if you say to people you can’t park next to your property.”
Matthew Edison, of Out Northgate, said: “I have lived on this street for seven years, I have a young family including a 16 month old daughter. I have no alternatives for parking, forcing me to find somewhere to park a huge distance from my house. What am I meant to do when I have to transport my daughter or shopping or anything else for that matter from my car to my front door?
“This has hugely affected the lives of my family and the other residents. Not only that, but any future opportunities to sell or let houses has been drastically effected.”
A West Suffolk Council spokesman said: “While we have sympathy for residents, the fact they have been illegally parking for some time doesn’t make it right.
“Civil parking enforcement is now the responsibility of the council and we will enforce the restrictions. There is an appeals process for those who feel they have been treated unfairly.”
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