A a meeting on Tuesday police admitted parking had become almost unenforceable in Sudbury ahead of changes to the policing structure in Suffolk
Sudbury Town Council discussed the changes to the policing structure in Sudbury at its full council meeting on Tuesday.
With major budget cuts coming into force at Suffolk Police from April, Sudbury will be losing its match-funded town centre Psco.
Mayor Jack Owen recently told the Free Press the council would possibly look at using this money to sort out the town’s parking issues.
Sergeant Matt Paisley, who attended the meeting, explained that with staffing changes the number of officers in the area would drop.
The number of police constables is being reduced from four to three and the amount of Pcsos dropping from 10 to 5.
He explained certain aspects of policing were becoming unenforceable, including the various parking issues in and around the town.
He said the changes would allow officers to concentrate on emergency response, while Pcsos would become increasingly responsible for long term issues and given more recognition for the work they do.
Suffolk Police is looking to decriminalise parking and hand over responsibility to local authorities with Sgt Paisley giving a rough timeline of 18 months. With the policing structure changes coming into force in April, councillor Nick Irwin asked: “It’s 18 months until Suffolk County Council take over, does that mean parking is basically a free for all for the next 18 months?”