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Families gear up for crunch vote

PUBLISHED: 09:54 28 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

FAMILIES fighting plans to put more flats and bedsits into an area already choked with car congestion are urging councillors to say "enough is enough".

FAMILIES fighting plans to put more flats and bedsits into an area already choked with car congestion are urging councillors to say "enough is enough".

Two applications will be decided next week which could increase parking problems even further just off Felixstowe town centre, where there are fears that emergency vehicles will not be able to reach homes because of parking.

Councillors will decide on Wednesday whether to allow a former gym in Constable Road to be turned into five bedsits, and if a former shop in neighbouring Felix Road should become three self-contained flats.

A 30-signature petition has been received against the gym proposal, and six letters of objection against the flats.

All the residents cite fears of the area's car parking problems being exacerbated, with few of the Victorian properties in the Felix-Gainsborough-Constable Road area having off street parking and most leaving vehicles on the pavements.

Local councillor Colin Bentley said the area is saturated with cars and the bedsits in particular will just "add to the misery of residents living there at the moment".

Resident Michael McTigue, who has lived in Felix Road for 31 years, said the amount of homes in the road had doubled due to flats being built and the quality of life was being reduced.

"Any day or night of the week it is almost impossible for a parent to push a pram down Felix Road. Anyone in a wheelchair stands no chance. An able bodied person can hardly make it without walking in the middle of the road," he said.

But Eric Taylor, who has lived in one of the bedsits above the gym for 20 years, said: "It is ludicrous for the government or the council to suggest that people don't need cars who live close to the town because they can walk or get buses.

"Some of the people in these bedsits are shift workers – and when they leave off there are no buses! How do they think people will get to work?"

Suffolk Coastal's development control sub-committee is recommended to give the go-ahead to both schemes.

WEBLINK: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk

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