It is good that the council has been able to keep car parking free for the first three hours, as this will definitely keep people coming into the town.
However, I was disappointed to read that nothing is being done to discourage commuters from using town centre streets rather than the car parking facilities available near the station for just £2 per day.
One councillor was reported as saying that commuters would go elsewhere to catch a train if prices were raised. A brief survey of local stations shows that only Bures (with a mere 20 places) can offer free station car parking.
The price at Marks Tey is £5.90 and at Colchester it is £7.20 per day (Chappel has no car park).
Sudbury is therefore much better value but the council will only receive the full benefit of this revenue if it discourages local on-street parking for free.
I am asking the council to look again at residents’ parking schemes for roads where all-day parking is a great nuisance to town centre home owners.