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Free parking to be axed and charges raised 10% in east Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 15:36 07 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:36 07 November 2017

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Consultation is to take place over major car parking changes needed in east Suffolk to raise extra cash to pay for the cost of taking over yellow lines enforcement from the police.

It will mean the end of free parking as Suffolk Coastal bids to raise £178,000 more annually in income – including raising ticket prices by 10% – towards the £240,000 needed a year for the cost of its new role from April 2019.

The council does not expect issuing tickets to drivers parking on yellow lines and in restricted zones to cover the cost of running civil car parking – while the return of “traffic wardens” will undoubtedly have an initial impact, observers believe motorists will soon learn to park legally and avoid fines.

Carol Poulter, cabinet member for the green environment, said taking over parking enforcement would still leave a £62,000 annual hole in the council’s budget, but once the changes were complete the council could also bring in on-street parking fees in “suitable locations to meet this deficit”.

She said councillors in carrying out the review councillors were particularly interested in:

• How car parking can better support the economy of town centres and businesses;

• How car parking can better support tourism;

• How CPE can address other local parking issues – and where there are particular problems related to poor parking.

She said the council would publish its plans on November 17, followed by consultation, ending on December 8. Cabinet will be asked to approve the implementation of any agreed recommendations on January 2.

In Felixstowe, changes include introducing charges at the port viewing area at Landguard, Manor Terrace, Eastward Ho (The Grove) and Garrison Lane. The half a dozen free 30-minute spaces in Highfield and Crescent car parks will also be removed.

On the seafront, residents’ parking zones will be set up in some of the sidestreets – after 30 years of campaigning by various councillors and groups.

The roads between Langer Road and Sea Road are full in summer with residents forced to park streets away from homes. While they will have to pay for permits, they will be able to park more easily and daytrippers will have to use the car parks.

In Aldeburgh, charges will be brought in at Slaughden Quay, Slaughden Sea Wall and Slaughden Road, and in Wickham Market investigations will take place into the provision of an additional car park.

In Woodbridge, higher long stay charges will to stop rail commuters to Ipswich taking up spaces all day and contributing nothing to the town’s economy, freeing spaces for visitors; and extra parking will be provided at Station Road and The Avenue.

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