December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Police have been asked to crack down on motorists in Felixstowe’s town centre shared space scheme – despite issuing more than 1,000 parking tickets.
Officers had hoped the message about where people should and should not park had got across by now, but community leaders say the rules are still being flouted every day.
Only drivers holding blue badge disabled cards or delivery drivers are allowed to park in the area of Hamilton Road between Boots and Bank Corner, and only on the black paved spaces.
Further down Hamilton Road on the stretch leading to Bent Hill, no parking of any vehicles is permitted on the Barclays bank side of the road, even though there are no yellow lines.
Town and district councillor Doreen Savage said the situation, particularly outside Barclays, was unchanged with people parking there throughout the day.
She said: “There are huge parking issues there with cars and vans outside the bank, making the road so narrow people cannot get through – it’s mayhem and it makes me very angry.”
Councillor Michael Sharman said the issuing of 1,087 tickets in two years was three a day and hardly a blitz.
He said: “People consider they can park there with impunity because they know there is an extremely good chance there will not be a police officer coming along.”
The Felixstowe safer neighbourhood team community panel meeting agreed to make dealing with parking a top priority in the run up to Christmas.
Sergeant Peter Street said he was surprised the £30 parking fine had not been increased as part of recent changes to motoring offences as the fine needed to be a significant deterrent to make motorists think twice about where they parked.