What a shame the car parking saga rolls on for Sudbury town centre after several years of debate and rumour of impending charges.
I sympathise with those who have made genuine errors in their daily parking routines. I am sure we have all been absent minded or just plain flustered and failed to display a valid ticket, overrun or parked somewhere we should not have at one time or another. There are infinite reasons for this to happen – it’s called modern life and no one is exempt from this.
The one common denominator is a shared use of the town and its shops and facilities, so, without locals patronising the car parks, there will not be much of a town left.
So now must be the time for the council to listen to the people and seek some sort of compromise, as Sudbury is not able to match other towns in the region for retail outlets.
Bury St Edmunds, Colchester, Ipswich and Cambridge all surpass Sudbury and even smaller towns, like Halstead, have something to offer as an alternative.
Quite simply, Sudbury cannot afford to put people off without suffering an irreversible decline.
Slightly off topic, could some regular contributors to these pages stop having petty digs at one another, it is soon to be the season of goodwill after all.