Parking issue not resolved

A COUNTY councillor has moved to clear up any confusion over the decision-making process behind a controversial car parking proposal.

Plans to restrict parking on Market Hill in Clare to one hour have been met with fierce opposition by businesses and residents, and were voted against at a meeting of Suffolk County Council’s rights of way committee in September.

Guy McGregor, portfolio holder for roads, transport and planning at the county council, said: “The committee considers in detail the information laid before it. That report is then presented to me to confirm, reject or amend.

“With this particular case, there were a few things, such as making sure the petition had been properly examined and the difference of opinion between the parish council and the local populace, that required some investigation.”

Mr McGregor explained that of the 1,100 names submitted in the petition opposing the changes, more than 900 were considered as “legitimately local residents”.

“We give more weight to people living locally as they are likely to be more affected,” he said.

Mr McGregor said he had since written to the parish council asking the authority to give the matter further consideration.

“We are expecting to hear from the council by the end of the month, after which I will make a final decision,” he explained.