Felixstowe fury over parking tickets

FURIOUS residents of streets near Felixstowe seafront are fuming today after they were given parking tickets for leaving their cars outside their homes.

FURIOUS residents of streets near Felixstowe seafront are fuming today after they were given parking tickets for leaving their cars outside their homes.

Now the hunt is on for the sneak who tipped off the police - and caused anger among their neighbours.

There are faded single yellow lines on streets between Sea Road and Langer Road in Felixstowe, but for years these restrictions have been ignored by residents who have nowhere else to leave their vehicles.

However a weekend blitz by police community support officers earlier this month left dozens of cars with tickets - and furious residents have now organised a meeting to discuss the problem.

Ray Gosling runs a second-hand shop on the junction of Cavendish Road and Manning Road.

He has been there 20 years, and said crackdowns like this were very rare.

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“I think this is only the third time the police have been down here,” he said.

The officers who handed out the tickets told residents they had been called by someone from the area who was unhappy with cars being parked outside their homes.

But while several people thought they knew who had tipped the police off, there were differing rumours about where the call had come from - some thought Cavendish Road, some said nearby Russell Road.

Mr Gosling said residents in the area had nowhere else to park: “There are single yellow lines here, but the cars don't block the road and the residents can't park anywhere else.

“The police said they should go in the car park, but you can't get into the car park on a summer Sunday.”

Emily Blanchard who also lives in Cavendish Road said her husband's car had been ticketed, as had her parents' vehicles. They also live in the street.

She said: “It's ridiculous. They don't do anything about all the church people who park their cars here on a Sunday.

“And during the week you have to park on the yellow lines because the people who work in the shops and offices down the road park on road outside our houses.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: "Police have acted after receiving a number of complaints from local residents regarding illegally parked vehicles. If anyone parks in contravention of regulations they stand a chance of getting a ticket."

Residents of the area have been invited to a meeting at Sea Road in Felixstowe tomorrow at 3.30pm to discuss parking on the roads behind the seafront.

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