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Felixstowe: Parking clampdown success

PUBLISHED: 11:44 06 September 2012

Only blue badge disabled drivers are allowed to park in the shared space in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe - and they must park in the black bays.

Only blue badge disabled drivers are allowed to park in the shared space in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe - and they must park in the black bays.

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PARKING problems in Felixstowe town centre have today been dramatically reduced – thanks to a get tough policy which has seen nearly 700 motorists fined

"People are a little bit more educated about the shared space than they were before."

Sgt James Harper

The clampdown on illegal parking was ordered by the resort’s Safer Neighbourhood community panel, which was fed up with drivers ignoring the restrictions in the new £2.8 million shared space shopping area scheme.

Only disabled drivers are now allowed to park in Hamilton Road between Boots and Bank Corner, but abuse by some motorists was causing frustration.

Residents angry at other drivers’ parking had been remonstrating with motorists and there were fears this could bubble over into fights.

The high number of tickets handed out shows how serious the matter is being taken – in 2011, there were just 371 tickets were issued across the whole of the town, and in 2010 only 157.

Sgt James Harper, of Felixstowe police, said: “We have issued 664 tickets under the current initiative and on many occasions we have given advice and moved people on.

“We still get a bit of ‘I didn’t know I couldn’t park here’, but it is having an effect.

“People are a little bit more educated about the shared space than they were before.”

Police community support officer Steve Butcher, who patrols the town centre, said: I think the shared space scheme is working very well.

“You will always get some people, whatever regulations you have, who will always park where they shouldn’t.”

This summer, around 60 new on-street short-stay parking spaces have been created in streets around the town centre – including Victoria Street, Brownlow Road, Ranalegh Road, and Highfield Road – to compensate for the loss of parking due to the shared space.

9 comments

  • It would have been handy after refurbing the town centre, to actually paint yellow lines on the areas you can't park instead of hoping people will notice the sign which can be out of site, a la opposite Fabric8 - grr...

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    Dave Martin

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Lets carry on now and issue a few (very many) tickets to all those who ignore and park in the clearly signed cycleways in and around the town, pure ignorance.......

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    Steveo 999

    Friday, September 7, 2012

  • The civil disputes were just a smoke screen as its always been a money making exercise. These ideas always are.

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    the opinion man

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • so thats 664 people who may now go out of town because they cant park in town and risk a fine. A proportion of 664 people who probably just wanted to do a quick stop and shop. According to council theres no need for this, clearly there is. Shared space has killed Felixstowe. It should be reversed now or have an increase in 15 mins stopping bays. Even some of the new shops our councillors have gloated about have only lasted a few months. Action needs to be taken now

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    Mikey

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • This isn't a success for the clampdown - it's an acknowledgement that the Shared Space is a complete failure. Even locals don't know where they can or can't park. Typical for a town that has a Council that describes the loss of any facilities as a "bonus for the town", though.

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    Marc Turner

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Even more reason for a new Tesco in Walton.....can't wait!!

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    preep

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Precisely why I have steadfastly avoided shopping anywhere near Felixstowe Town Centre since this ludicrous scheme was introduced! Hurry up Tesco's in Walton where I can park easily and do all my shopping with convenience. Until then its Martlesham.

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    Weary Traveller

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • Now Hamilton Road has been sorted, maybe some officers could spend sometime in Walton area, especially around the 2 co-ops and issue a few parking tickets there!!!!

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    blue

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

  • The scheme is great I love going into town. The parking signage is everywhere and very clear. People are just been taking the micky and parking where they like because they thought no one would notice. People still are e.g. regularly parking outside Barclays Bank to pop in or use the cash machine even though there is a sign right next door to it. Good on the Police keep enforcing the LAW

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    A Smith

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

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