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Poll: Town centre traders in Ipswich sign petition calling for extension of free parking times in Lower Brook Street

22:02 22 May 2014

Aziz Kadir, from TC Barber Shop, with the petition.

Aziz Kadir, from TC Barber Shop, with the petition.

Sarah Lucy brown

Town centre traders in Ipswich have today called for free parking areas in Lower Brook Street to be extended to one hour – a move they claim will boost trade.

A petition signed by businesses in Tacket Street, Upper Brook Street, Lower Brook Street and Dogs Head Street pleading for the change has been sent to Suffolk County Council.

In a letter to the authority, the traders have said the current 30 minute limit does not give people enough time to do their shopping.

The letter states: “With the prohibitive parking charges in Ipswich and the decline in trade in the town it would make a huge difference to shoppers to the area.”

Aziz Kadir, the owner of T C Barber Shop, in Tacket Street, helped to set up the petition and he believes that changing the time limit would be a major boost to both shoppers and traders.

He said: “It’s not enough time – it’s a silly amount of time to be honest.

“We are trying to say to them that one hour would make sense – it would give people time to do something.”

A spokesman for Suffolk County Council said: “As with any petition we will, of course, look at it once we’ve received it.”

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