Support gathers for free parking

Local businesses in Sudbury have rallied together to protest about the proposed parking charges ANL-161201-151712001
Local businesses in Sudbury have rallied together to protest about the proposed parking charges ANL-161201-151712001

More businesses in Sudbury have joined the campaign against plans to remove free parking in the town.

The Conservative Group at Babergh District Council is looking into removing the three-hours free parking as a cost cutting measure.

This week more businesses have joined the campaign against the changes.

John Hume co-owner of Angelo Smith Jewellers in North Street, Sudbury said: “The introduction of parking charges will have a disastrous effect on the footfall coming into Sudbury.

“I know this as we had a shop in Stowmarket, which saw a dramatic decline in trade once car parking charges were introduced and therefore we no longer trade in the town.”

Doug Dickson from Juniper Flowers, also in North Street, added: “As a small independent trader the free parking is of the utmost importance to us.

“If free parking is removed there will be a drop in footfall, drop in revenue, closure of another shop, then who would pay to park for an empty high street?”