Commuters still main focus of town parking restriction

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The possible introduction of parking permits in Sudbury is primarily to deter commuters clogging up residential streets.

A consultation into the proposals is currently under way, with roads close to the town’s railway station being considered for the scheme.

Sudbury Town Council clerk Sue Brotherwood said questionnaires, which had been sent out to residents, would give a clearer indication of the worst-affected areas, with commuters a clear priority.

“This is moving forward and it will be interesting to see what comes out of the consultation,” said Mrs Brotherwood during a meeting on Tuesday.

“It will target areas where commuters park first of all but the whole point is to see what the feedback is, as that may identify other areas.”

Among the streets earmarked for parking restriction are Belle Vue Road, Edgworth Road, Meadow Lane and Quay Lane.

Residents have complained that they cannot park outside their own homes due to people avoiding car parking charges.

Councillor Oliver Forder said the plans could lead to a “creeping effect”, with drivers simply moving elsewhere.

The consultation will end on November 30.