Call for measures to stop anti-social parking after latest string of complaints around Holywells Park

Holywells Park in Ipswich

Holywells Park in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Homeowners around Holywells Park have urged event organisers in the park to enforce stronger parking measures after a handful of anti-social parking complaints.

On Wednesday last week, the park hosted the popular Petting Zoo Fun Day, but despite plans put in place by borough council event organisers, parking has still been an issue.

Among some of the complaints raised were people moving cones in order to park there, parking on street corners and blocking people’s driveways.

George Debman, owner of George Debman Family Butcher in Cliff Lane and Holywells ward councillor for Ipswich Borough Council, said: “I had so many people have a moan at me and it’s certainly had an impact because people cannot get to the local shops or into their driveways.

“The way I see it is they [borough council] need to limit it or they look to find another solution.”

The issue has been a long-running one for those who live in the area, culminating in a public meeting organised by Mr Debman in May outlining the council’s traffic and parking plan.

Now, once the council’s summer activity programme is completed, Mr Debman has vowed to set up another public meeting gauging suggestions from residents.

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He added: “This has been a real big issue over public safety, and the first meeting was a huge success with quite a few good ideas.”

A raft of measures have been put in place in recent years, including using Cliff Lane Primary School as an official event car park and coning off areas where bottlenecks could be created.

Among measures being suggested are supervised parking in a similar manner to events at Christchurch Park, free shuttle travel from further away car parks and limiting numbers attending events.

An Ipswich Borough Council spokesman said: “The family event last week was the most popular of the summer fun days at Holywells Park and we are sorry that some residents were concerned about parking.

“We do urge visitors to park at Athena Hall or elsewhere on the Waterfront, which is just a few minutes’ walk away, or to use public transport when they come to the park.

“We shall continue to monitor the situation and will take action if motorists park illegally or block entrances to people’s homes.”