Targeted enforcement activity against illegal parking planned in Sudbury under new county policing model
Motorists parking unlawfully in Sudbury have been warned to be on their toes, after police confirmed they will be carrying out targeted enforcement activity in the town under the county’s new policing model.
Suffolk Police formally implemented its neighbourhood model on Monday, which saw more than 100 officers move into Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT), at the expense of a reduction in police community support officers (PCSOs).
The Sudbury SNT has now confirmed it is planning a parking enforcement day on an unannounced date in the near future, in response to long-standing concerns about illegal parking on double yellow lines, loading bays and marked disabled spaces.
Sergeant Simon Bourne, of the Sudbury SNT, said the initiative has been generated as a result of this new restructure, which aims to address the public’s desire for more visible policing in Suffolk.
“We are aware there are quite a few parking issues in the town,” Sgt Bourne told the Free Press.
“I want residents to know that we are taking their concerns seriously and I want motorists to be on their toes.
“The SNT is looking at parking enforcement in the town centre, and there are plans to address the issues that residents have raised concerns about.”
Some people have attributed the ongoing parking problems in Sudbury to the failure to replace local traffic warden John Woodgate, who was well known in the town for his diligent enforcement.
Iain Graham, who is disabled, is among those who has encountered difficulties because of unlawful parking in Sudbury.
A resident of Dawes Hall in Lamarsh, Mr Graham told the Free Press he almost always finds the designated disabled parking bays in Gainsborough Street filled by vehicles that do not have a blue badge parking permit in their window.
“I’m one of very many people who are suffering because of this,” he said. “Often, I just have to go back home.
“The council very kindly reserves areas for us, and it’s clearly displayed, but people just ignore it. They know nobody will stop them.
“I think it’s quite scandalous that I and others find it virtually impossible to park in Sudbury.”
A spokesman for Suffolk Police stated parking issues are regularly highlighted, and patrols are carried out where possible, but enforcement action has to be balanced with other priority work.
“Officers carry out patrols when they can, but, sadly, there remain a number of drivers who persist in parking inconsiderately, which can also affect the safety of both pedestrians and road users,” said the spokesman.
“We would urge all driver to park legally, considerately and responsibly, and to think about the effect their behaviour may have on others.”