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Combined parking scheme would be ‘too confusing’

OVER-RULED: Members of Sudburys car parking group have seen their idea defeated.

OVER-RULED: Members of Sudburys car parking group have seen their idea defeated.

Proposals to introduce long-stay parking charges at a Sudbury car park have been dismissed.

Sudbury’s car parking group had been exploring an idea of bringing in a long-stay parking zone at the town’s North Street car park, which currently only allows drivers to leave their vehicles for a maximum of three hours.

Users of the 191-space car park can park for free, but face a penalty fine if they exceed the three-hour duration.

At a Sudbury town council meeting on Tuesday, Tony Platt, chairman of the car parking group, raised the idea of having both short and long-stay bays in North Street – an option that would result in charges for long-stay.

However, members of the leisure and environment committee did not welcome the move.

Councillor Jack Owen said he had experienced difficulties with a similar scheme in Halstead.

“It is very confusing as you always have to ask if you are parked in the right place,” he said. “To change it would be crazy.”

It was also claimed such a scheme would have a negative impact on nearby shops, due to the loss of short-stay spaces.

“It needs to be short-stay to encourage people to use the shops in North Street,” said Nigel Bennett.

“A lot of motorists would end up going to Station Road, which is a long way from the shops.”

Members also agreed to reject plans for parking charges from 9am to 5pm on Saturday at the town’s long-stay car parks. Charges currently stop at midday.

 

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