‘Cars could block 999 vehicle’

PERMITS PLEASE: Barry Cutter wants residents' parking permits introduced in Clopton Gardens, Hadleigh, to stop access issues.
PERMITS PLEASE: Barry Cutter wants residents' parking permits introduced in Clopton Gardens, Hadleigh, to stop access issues.

A Hadleigh resident has called for parking permits to be introduced in the town to prevent cars blocking access for emergency vehicles.

Barry Cutter has been fighting to have a permit system introduced in Clopton Gardens, where he has lived for 18 years, and the area around Station Road for nearly a decade.

Mr Cutter said: “People park around here all day – people who work in town and at Hadleigh Community Primary School.

“Eventually, you will want to get an emergency vehicle down here one day. The police can say they will move it but how will they do that to a 4x4?”

He added that cars parked close to the junction of Station Road and Clopton Gardens meant drivers could not see cars coming as they pulled out.

“I have nearly knocked someone off their bike about three times,” he said. “You just can’t see anything and a lot of them park there all day.”

“We want parking permits for residents here – it would make it so much easier.”

Mr Cutter, who lives close to Hadleigh Community Primary School, also called for parents to stop dropping their children off at the rear gate.

“The parents drop their kids off and don’t care,” he said, adding that he was concerned for the safety of children using the footpath that runs from Clopton Gardens through to Benton Road.

“You have got people reversing their cars and children running in between.”

Sudbury Town Council, in conjunction with Babergh and Suffolk councils, is investigating areas for parking permits and other schemes and Mr Cutter said he wants Hadleigh to do the same.

“I have been fighting this for nigh on 10 years,” he said. “We have managed to get white lines and yellow lines but they don’t need to be there – residential parking permits is what we want.

“I would be happy to pay and I think plenty of other people would as well.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said: “Discussions have been going on. We support residents’ parking permits if all residents are in favour.”

She said residents would need to request permits in writing, before a consultation on cost, areas and details could be carried out.

Neil Jackson, headteacher at Hadleigh Community Primary School, said he had taken steps to tackle the issue.

“I am aware that some of our parents don’t park as politely as they could and should do, particularly in the mornings,” he said.

“I frequently mention it in newsletters. I have also involved the police and asked that they come and do spot-checks and I have contacted the other emergency services.

“Ninety-eight per cent of our parents would not dream of parking irresponsibly but then for some reason a few don’t seem to get the message.”