Options explored in bid to ease town parking troubles

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Lifting parking restrictions, adjusting waiting times and increasing the size of signs are among the ideas being floated to improve Sudbury’s parking woes.

Police have contacted the town council with a number of areas where officers feel the enforcement of parking restrictions has become a problem.

These include Market Hill on market days, North Street bays and outside Argos.

During a meeting of the council’s highways and footpaths committee, members agreed that a ban on parking on the south side of Market Hill during markets should be lifted.

“The restriction was initially put there to help the market traders and give them more space, but now traders want parking there,” said councillor Jack Owen.

“They support lifting the restrictions, as they tend to stay on the north side for unloading.”

Councillors also discussed the possibility of making all the parking spaces along North Street for the disabled or loading for businesses.

But councillor Nigel Bennett said this could affect trade, as shops would lose customers taking advantage of the current one-hour time limit.

“It would upset businesses and customers picking up goods,” he said.

“There would be no flexibility and I could see there being uproar.”

Peter Gray called for a 10-minute waiting time to be introduced, but councillors decided the best option would be to increase the size of signs in the area explaining restrictions.

The issue of drivers ignoring a yellow line to park outside Argos in North Street was also raised.

Members said they understood this was in order to collect heavy goods from the store and believed the police should speak to the company to find a solution.