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Anger at higher price of parking

PUBLISHED: 03:17 24 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:54 03 March 2010

AN ANGRY Ipswich town centre resident has hit out at the proposed price hike on residential and temporary parking permits.

David Andrews of Stevenson Road found out about the rise when he bought visitor permits so argues it was only by chance that he knew about the increases at all.

AN ANGRY Ipswich town centre resident has hit out at the proposed price hike on residential and temporary parking permits.

David Andrews of Stevenson Road found out about the rise when he bought visitor permits so argues it was only by chance that he knew about the increases at all.

The dad of four already pays £15 a year to park in his street, which falls in Parking Zone 4.

But this is set to more than double with proposed price rises of £4 a year over the next four years.

In addition the 41-year-old pays 50 p a day for visitors to park in Stevenson Road in the town. This is set to rise to £2 a day.

"How can you justify this?" said Mr Andrews. "It don't mind paying the present rates but this is ridiculous.

"We have family and friends who call in for coffee, chat or a short visit and Ipswich borough council is proposing a 400 percent increase.

"To pay £2 for a short one hour visit makes it more expensive than parking in a town centre car park.

"It is also the same amount as the current charges for the park and ride service – which includes a bus ride. I feel the council is not in tune with residents in the area.

"As a council they should be helping them and not taxing them for living in the area.

"I am a local businessman and would love to be able to increase by client's charges by 400 percent. I would either get rich quick or out of business. Which one do you think it would be?

"I haven't seen any posters or leaflets telling residents about it or anything. People have only got until November 28 to lodge a complaint, it is ludicrous."

He added that there were areas of free parking in the street but these were mostly used by people working or visiting the town centre.

Councillor Penny Breakwell, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said residents' parking was brought in at the request of residents to help them park near their homes. Before this many residential streets were being used as free commuter car parks.

"The needs of different areas of the town vary and it is the council's intention to consider and discuss with residents a future strategy to enable people to park in the areas in which they live.

"This service has cost more to administer than the revenue we have received, for this reason and in order to be able to patrol residents parking areas more efficiently, the council has decided to gradually increase the charges over the next few years.

"It is still a comparatively cheap levy to keep commuters out of residential areas."

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