Residents asked to have say on parking

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Residents in parts of Sudbury badly affected by on-street parking are being given the chance to influence how the issue can be solved.

Throughout this month, consultation packs will be delivered to residents in 13 streets by Sudbury Town Council, as the authority, along with Suffolk County Council and Babergh District Council, reviews parking in side streets.

The move follows complaints that commuters and town centre workers are clogging up residential roads to avoid paying long-stay car parking charges. Homeowners in the worst hit areas claim they can struggle to park outside their homes.

“There are real concerns about on-street parking in some parts of Sudbury and it is important that we deal with those,” said John Sayers, a town, district and county councillor for Sudbury.

“This consultation is the first step towards addressing the concerns of residents.”

The streets where residents will be given the opportunity to have their say on are: Belle Vue Road, Bullocks Lane, Burroughs Piece Road, Cavendish Way, Chelsea Road, Constitution Hill and Corporal Lillie Close.

Residents in Edgworth Road, Meadow Lane, Minden Road, Nonsuch Meadow, Quay Lane and Willow Close will also receive consultation packs, asking if a parking permit scheme should be brought in.

“The results of the questionnaires will be analysed and, if there is support for a viable residents’ parking scheme, then a formal consultation will follow, which would be open to everyone,” said Mr Sayers.

“It is essential that residents complete their questionnaires to ensure that a decision supported by the majority of people is taken forward.”