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Ipswich: New white lines add fuel to the parking fury in Leopold Road

12:23 26 February 2014

White lines have appeared on part of Leopold Road, much to the bemusement of residents.

White lines have appeared on part of Leopold Road, much to the bemusement of residents.

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White lines to stop people parking on a road in Ipswich have mysteriously appeared in the last few days.

White lines have appeared on part of Leopold Road, much to the bemusement of residents.White lines have appeared on part of Leopold Road, much to the bemusement of residents.

But those living on Leopold Road say they’re only going to cause more aggravation in a place where people are very territorial about parking.

Cars park along both sides of the road as most houses don’t have off-street parking. Apparently there is competition amongst residents to get a space for their car near their homes.

And now it would seem someone has taken matters into their own hands by painting lines on the road.

Lyndsay Forbes lives just along from the puzzling new lines.

She said: “There’s quite a lot of possessive parking goes on. It’s a busy road and there’s loads of cars and you don’t often get a space.

“I don’t know who’s put the white lines there. I’ve never noticed them before so they’ve obviously been put there recently.

“You often hear people outside sounding their horns at each other. It’s quite an issue on this road.

“From what I’ve seen of the street I think it’ll create more agro.”

Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “They appeared Friday afternoon. I saw masking tape and a brown bin there.

“I suppose it’s best left up to council rather than taking matters into your own hands.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council added: “We’d like to remind residents that altering or adding road markings to the public highway is illegal, and we ask that those considering it should refrain from doing so.

“The relevant area manager for the road in question has been informed and will investigate in due course.”

People wanting to lodge a formal complaint for highway-related issues can do so through the ‘report a problem’ tab on www.suffolk.gov.uk or by calling 0845 6066171.

9 comments

  • They're usually there to stop people blocking driveways, and there appears to be a dropped kerb in the photo

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    Robotix

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Give them a job at the council... it takes them months to decide about road planning let alone get to the point of painting the actual line! This person did it "one afternoon"

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    CleverReporting

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • perhaps a motorcyclist lives [ he cannot ride his bike on the pavement.or should not.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • I live opposite the mysterious white lines and i know the problems my neighbour faces when he tries to go to work on his bike. I find it pathetic that somebody else living in this road has raised an objection to this event. I have lived for many years in this road and parking has got worse each year as it seems that new residents dont seem to give a damn about their neighbours when it comes to parking or is it the fact that they need a field to park . i.e. taking up two spaces so they can park neatly outside their homes....if thats what they need, move and buy a house with a drive. As regards the council, i pay my taxes , so get your act together and repair the pavements before someone trips and has a bad acciden. And finally my neighbour had spoken to near neighbours about leaving a space to get his bike out ( he did have a car for work , but traded in so he took up less space!!!!!!!! ) and we were all happy enough to help .

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    OPTIMUS

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • White lines doesn't stop parking, Yellow ones do that!!!!!

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    Ipswich Man

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Presumably white lines like these, even if painted by the Council, don't actually have any "legal" status. They only serve to discourage unhelpful parking. If that's the case, then it is presumably quite in order for you to park in front of your own driveway on top of the line (quite useful if your household has two cars and the other is already in the driveway). You would be allowed to do that with a yellow line!

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Parking permits as they are, are of little value to those who have them. Unless they have changed their usage, they only are of use when most people are at work 8-6. Of course it does stop commuters to the town getting free parking, but does little for working residents who have to use their own transport, unless you work nights.

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    Parlie

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Just because you live in that road it don't mean you have the right to park outside your house ,,, Bring out more parking permit's please I.B.C and stop these idiot's blocking our road's up , causing motorist to drive down the center of the road

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Give them a job at the council... it takes them months to decide about road planning let alone get to the point of painting the actual line! This person did it "one afternoon"

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    CleverReporting

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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