Sudbury’s community wardens are to work with police to crack down in illegal parking in the town centre.
Police community support officers will work with the town council in an effort to reduce any impact from recent policing structure changes.
From April 1, a new policing structure has been in place as part of cuts to the county’s police force.
At last Tuesday’s town council meeting, clerk Jacqui Howells explained that one of the main problems in the town was illegal parking and told members that Suffolk Police had said this was not going to be a priority for officers following the restructure.
“I said that in Sudbury it is a priority,” said Mrs Howells.
“I have noticed cars parking all day on Market Hill. It stops visitors popping in and shopping.
“They have agreed to work with the community wardens and will regularly patrol the town centre and other areas if necessary.”
This will take place one or two days a weeks and will see offenders first given warning notices.
Town councillor Ellen Murphy was unhappy with this, saying the town’s wardens were already busy enough.
As part of the restructure Sudbury police station no longer has an open front desk while PCSOs have new working hours.
At the council meeting, members were told the PCSOs’ new working hours - with cover 8am to 6pm each day - meant they would be unable to attend council meetings unless there was a significant issue to discuss.
Councillors were concerned this could have an impact on local policing but Mrs Howells told members PCSO Laura Mansell was likely to spend some time working from within the town hall as a way of maintaining a close relationship with the council.
“I think it will work quite well on a one-to-one basis,” said Mrs Howells. “Issues can be addressed straight away.”
Another councillor, Jan Osborne, informed members that she had been to the police station since the front desk closure and said she had easily spoken to an officer via the phone outside.