Ipswich: Students from Suffolk One clogging up neighbouring streets, say residents

Residents in Sprites/Goldcrest Road, are unhappy with Suffolk One students parking on their roads du

Residents in Sprites/Goldcrest Road, are unhappy with Suffolk One students parking on their roads during school time. - Credit: Archant

WE don’t want to be ignored. That’s the message from people living in Sprites Lane and Goldcrest Road, who are sick of students from Suffolk One parking in their roads.

Richard Grimsey lives in Goldcrest Road, where students from the sixth form centre in Scrivener Drive have been parking, as there is no student parking on site.

He said: “In 2010, when we knew about Suffolk One being built, we expressed our concerns about the parking from students – although they said no parking would be allowed from students. We got a petition and submitted it – we wanted single lines with a waiting restriction between 9.30am and 10.30am and 1pm and 2pm.

“Everything went before Suffolk County Council and they voted it out.”

The residents have written to Sprites Ward councillors Roger Fern and Richard Kirby and Ipswich MP Ben Gummer and spoken with officers at the Ipswich South West SNT, but are unhappy with the lack of action.

Mr Grimsey said: “We want to show all that we’ve been through and no one has even answered our letters or telephone calls. They’re supposed to represent us and if they’re not going to, who is?”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council, said: “Following the last meeting of the full council, the cabinet member for roads and transport asked highways officers to conduct a review into residents’ concerns over increased levels of on street parking in the Suffolk One area of Ipswich.

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“This review is currently under way with officers having carried out inspections of the parking situation during the Easter break, and over the next few weeks we will be returning to inspect the situation during term time.

“From this initial review highways officers will assess whether further investigation is required.”

A spokesman for Suffolk One said: “Students are encouraged to take public transport wherever possible and new bus routes for students will commence from Stowmarket and Felixstowe from the summer of 2013, to cope with the increased numbers of learners travelling to and from the sixth form centre.

“Students are encouraged to cycle to and from the college – or use motorbikes as transportation – as parking for these vehicles can be accommodated at the One campus. (When the building was opened, planning regulations stated that students were not allowed to park cars on site).

“In addition to this, One has helped set up a park and ride scheme from the local Tesco that has been in operation since 2011. A meeting is planned in the next few weeks with a local borough councillor to discuss this matter. A member of the Safer Neighbourhood team has been appointed to speak with local residents and communicates regularly with students (as does One) on road and parking issues.

“In conclusion, One is aware of the issues of students parking in residential areas and has been working with a number of agencies to try and address concerns relating to this matter – and will continue to do so.”