Battle ongoing over anti-social parking in Ipswich

The grass verges outside disabled bungalows in Limerick Close, Ipswich

The grass verges outside disabled bungalows in Limerick Close, Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Residents in two busy roads in Ipswich who have battled anti-social parking for more than 18 months say they are still experiencing problems.

Exasperated residents in Limerick Close and White House Road claim the problem began in the summer of 2014 when staff from nearby businesses started parking their cars down the road.

Among some of the issues reported were pathways being blocked to people who use wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs, and grass verges being torn up by regular car movements.

Elizabeth Cooper, 65, who lives in Limerick Road, said it was an ongoing problem.

She added: “It’s outrageous – we have got a petition up at the moment.”

In June last year, an ambulance was reported to have been unable to get down Limerick Close because of the number of vehicles parked there.

Albert Grant, who represents the Whitehouse ward on Ipswich Borough Council, said the issue was particularly difficult for residents of the disabled bungalows in the road, but that conversations with Suffolk County Council had revealed that yellow lines were not a possibility. Mr Grant added: “They [the residents] cannot do a lot about that.

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“We have tried to work with the county council and it says there is nothing it can do about it.

“We are seeing if we can get a disabled bay there – the only other option is to make a layby for the disabled only, and that would be very expensive.”

It is understood the grass verges are also county council-controlled, but Mr Grant confirmed he would “still keep trying.”

A Suffolk County Council spokesman yesterday said the highways staff who cover Ipswich were not available for comment.