Ipswich: Fresh anger from residents living near One over students parking in their streets

Residents say they are having major problems because students from Suffolk One are parking on Sprite

Residents say they are having major problems because students from Suffolk One are parking on Sprites lane and Goldcrest Road. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Residents have been given fresh fuel to their fire within a four-year feud over students from an Ipswich sixth form parking in their streets.

People living in the areas surrounding One, formerly Suffolk One, have asked Suffolk County Council for ‘access only’ in their streets, meaning only people with a reason or the residents themselves can park there.

Their request has been answered with an option form of solutions, all of which involve road lining and waiting restrictions, which they said would not solve the problem but simply move it along to the next street.

Richard Grimsey, of Goldcrest Road, said: “I can’t have visitors or deliveries, it’s affected my quality of life – you can’t bring people from all over the county to park on our streets.”

Other problems include loud music, speeding vehicles and oil leaking on pavements, according to the residents.

Alan Cotterell, UKIP central Ipswich branch chairman, who has been helping the neighbours approach this issue, said they asked for ‘access only’ in an attempt to force SCC’s hand into giving the students proper parking.

A SCC spokesperson said: “The current consultation is a response to these complaints but there is no shortage of parking in the area.

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“It’s just that a minority of residents object to parking by One students. All other parking at evenings and weekends is seemingly acceptable.

“Introducing ‘no go’ areas as per this demand is difficult as it will present a total lack of access to any road by other than its immediate residents. This contravenes the legal position that all public adopted highway is there for all to use.

“We will be able to provide further detail on the results of the consultation when the final analysis is presented for approval.”

Jenny Milsom, One vice-principal, said they had planned for a group of 25 students, who were part of the Institute of Directors, to lead a session on having respect for one’s neighbours and that would focus on litter, parking and general behaviour.

“This is a minority of students, not the whole student body and it is hoped that students will listen and act on the advice from their peers.”

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