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See pictures of some of the worst places for pavement parking in Ipswich as council bosses say they are taking action

Pavement parking in Marlow Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Pavement parking in Marlow Road. Picture: GREGG BROWN

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Tougher action is being taken on drivers who park on paths in Ipswich.

Parking on pavements around Gusford Primary (Sheldrake Drive). Picture: GREGG BROWNParking on pavements around Gusford Primary (Sheldrake Drive). Picture: GREGG BROWN

Temporary bans on pavement parking, which could see more fines issued, are being trialled by highways chiefs in certain streets.

They have been trying to tackle the problem as part of a wider parking scheme for a number of weeks.

Prosecutions can happen if people park entirely on the pavement without reason to and fines are given to those who ignore double yellow lines and block pathways.

Ipswich is currently the only Suffolk district covered by civil parking enforcement, but under the new county council parking plan it is hoped this will be extended to every borough in the near future.

Parking on pavements around Gusford Primary (Sheldrake Drive). Picture: GREGG BROWNParking on pavements around Gusford Primary (Sheldrake Drive). Picture: GREGG BROWN

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “Pavement parking bans are being trialled in some areas of Ipswich.

People living in the town have shared their concerns about people parking on paths.

One mother, who did not want to be named, said she felt it was “very dangerous” and had forced her and her young children into the road.

But another resident, Grainne Watts, said some roads in the town are just not wide enough.

“If cars didn’t partly park on paths emergency services just wouldn’t get down the road – look at roads off Foxhall Road,” she added.

People living close by, in Chilton Road, were recently told a ban is going to be put in place there to clamp down on drivers parking on paths and grass verges.

Suffolk County Council carried out a consultation in the street earlier in the year and are now set to put an experimental traffic order in place which could see drivers issued with a ticket.

Simon O’Brien-Ellington, of Blackfriars Court, was so passionate about the issue he launched a campaign.

The 47-year-old, whose wife Claire is a wheelchair user, said: “Drivers often think people can get by but don’t think about wheelchairs.

“What about someone with visual impairment who has to step out into the road into the path of traffic, a bus, who knows what, to get round?

“Will it take an accident, until someone dies, to do something about it?”

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22 comments

  • Keep your eyes open folks to see if you spot any infringement of parking or other motoring laws by any vehicle of our local rags - we must be absolutely certain that they are not hypocrites.

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    Johnthebap

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • I have seen a LOT worse than the three photos shown above. In the second and third the pavement is not blocked, the road is not blocked. OK so it's messing up what were grassy areas but at least you can get an emergency vehicle through if needed. I agree with some of the previous comments regarding making proper parking areas but I'm sure we all know of a lot worse examples???

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    B-Mused

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Those pictures aren't even Sheldrake Drive...

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    Blake Stannard

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • sad that S.C.Council allow some staff from Chatterbox think its OK to park with ALL 4 WHEELS on the pavement across the Chatterbox Children's Centre in Copleston Road, also this is only 23 yards from the School Gates so that children have to walk into the road to get around the car on the dropped kerb which is still a pavement for walking on (not parking on) ! such a danger...but no one will ever stop this.....and staff at a Children's Center you would think they would care.... !!!! COME ON S.C.C. sort this out with your own staff. !!!!!

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    TriXia

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Mclean . The council have tried for years, at least 15 to sort out Arras square. The owners of the land in question wanted the area left unrestricted and hence the situstion you have now. The council cannot impose parking restrictions on private land. But now the Buttermarket is now in different hands perhaps that might change , i doubt it. The issues around the block paved areas in the town is ALL down to signage which the council have never addressed , at least for 16 years when I raised the issue with them on two occasions when i was policing Ipswich Town Centre

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Looking at the photos there is plenty of room for proper lay-bys to be installed , more one way streets might help in certain areas and zonal parking is the solution to streets around the hospital.We have just moved from valley road which had no parking (double yellow lines) to a quiet residential area which has a few parking on the pavement but it's always visitors not the residents that do this .A bad habit that's out of control which can be easily stamped out with fines that will pay for proper lay-bys.

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    Macke

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Once the wand has been waved and "Poof" all the cars have gone perhaps someone could find the millions of pounds required to mend all the broken paving slabs....Roads are for cars and pavements for pedestrians or am I misinformed.

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    Barnacle

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Need this enforced in Felixstowe. Can we have a traffic warden please !!!!

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    meldrew

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • I do park with one side on a path, not blocking the path. Reason, several years ago now i had a house fire which took the life of my daughter and her grandmother. I park this way so Fire trucks can get down the road, also the Ambulance. Behind me there are yellow lines which people park on, ALL DAY, and nothing is done about them.

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    Dad Shadow

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Poppys Dad yes it is private property but the council can still apply for parking restrictions to be put in place. SCC need to put up the appropriate signage for the IBC wardens to be able to enforce the restrictions. Given this has beem going on for months, almost years, you have to say that they obviously don't give much of a siht about the issue. And this is Ipswich's big leisure selling point!!!!

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    McLean

    Friday, March 31, 2017

  • Totally agree with Sgt bloggs on Newbury Road. Crazy how the hospital workers park on the pavements even more annoying when you can't park when visiting people because of this the times I know people who have had to park half way down the road to visit someone who lives near the play park. Also people should be stopped from saving a space by putting cones out the council need to stop this. !!!!

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    tracey

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Most of Arras Square is private property so nothing to do with council

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    Poppys Dad

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Also, I can't see that any of the photos above depict a blocked path for pedestrians or traffic. Pretty considerate, actually.

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    Hanzi_Pollock

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • What's the point of more restrictions if the present enforcement officers don't enforce the double yellow lines in Norwich Road between Barrack Lane and Bramford Rd. There's always cars parked there holding the traffic up. Personally I don't see the problem of cars parked on verges unless there's yellow lines on the adjacent road. If cars came off the verges and parked on the roads round Whitehouse then the buses wouldn't get through. Look at the number of pedestrians versus the number of cars and you'll see car users far out number out-weigh pedestrians, so why are the council wasting money bashing motorists once again? Unlike the obviously rich councillors most people don't live in mansions, (in cloud cuckooland), with their own private driveway, We have to slum it by parking in the road. Using half the pavement (which is rarely used) is a way of making sure traffic can through, especially fire engines.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • absolutely correct McLean its not generally illegal to park on the pavement, however Suffolk County Council quite correctly state that is unless it causes an obstruction, and it is very much illegal to drive on the pavement except accessing a property, so unless those cars levitated into place, and I dont think even Google have invented those kinds of cars yet, they will have commited at least one offence, if not two, if not three because the equality act states disabled people must have equal access to facilities, such as pavements, which they dont if people have parked their cars on them. Id agree the examples so far shown arent half as bad as some of the parking in some streets, where even able bodied people have to take to the road to get past vanscars parked wholly on the pavement.

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    beerbaron

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Try Ravenswood Avenue outside the school. Seems most of mummies little cherubs are all incapable of walking a few yards after a days grafting.

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    Vigilant_Citizen

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • If you want to see atrocious pavement parking then on Saturday, when going to the footy, you try walking down between Bramford Road and Handford Road. If there ever was an emergency in that area, such as a house fire, there is no way an engine could get down there.

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    Scuzzer

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Surprised to see that the pictures shown actually are not of 'pavement' parking but rather 'verge' parking. Different ball game 'init.

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    Scuzzer

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • Wykes Bishop Street - Duke Street needs to be on the list, I believe it is to do with the shady "garage".

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    Hanzi_Pollock

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • M Prime. It's not illegal, that's the problem. If it were illegal cars could be ticketed. Any tickets going on cars there at the moment would not stand up in court if challenged. The area needs appropriate signage, and subsequent enforcement. Signage is the easy part if enforcement in the town centre is anything to go by. You can frequently see cars and vans on Princes St outside Waitrose, Cornhill, Lloyds Ave under the arch, Princes St down to the Willis building, outside the Corn Exchange and no doubt many other places. Some cars stay illegally parked in those places for hours at a time. Enforcement is a joke, they really are useless, and it's a major part of Ipswich town centre being such an ugly place.

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    McLean

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • How about Newbury Road it might stop the hospital workers from parking on the pavements.

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    sgt bloggs

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

  • What about Arras Square!! Supposedly a pedestrianised area in the town centre where neither IBC or SCC seem to be able to sort out the illegal car parking.. Its shocking.. and dangerous and about to get a lot worse once the cinema opens...

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    M Prime

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

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