Pinewood offered a solution to five-year row over One student parking
- Credit: Su Anderson
Students at an Ipswich sixth form are to be effectively banned from parking in some nearby streets as part of a trial aimed at concluding a five-year row over the issue.
An 18-month period of waiting restrictions around the Pinewood area which will stop people parking on the streets at certain times of the day will start in September.
The measure has been introduced as frustration has grown over pupils from One sixth form, formerly Suffolk One, parking in roads surrounding Scrivener Drive.
Residents have claimed the influx, which they have blamed on a lack of facilities at the college for students, has brought with it loud music, litter, oil spillages and has also stopped them having visitors and deliveries.
The experimental traffic order will be put in place by the highways department of Suffolk County Council and will apply to 13 residential roads in Pinewood – some parts of the roads will not allow cars to park at all, and others will restrict people from parking between 10am-2pm from Monday to Friday.
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This follows a public consultation last year, which gave residents a choice of options to relieve the problem.
Chairman of Pinewood Parish Council Robert Manning said: “We never had a parking problem in the area but when Suffolk One first suggested moving there we said if they didn’t provide parking then the streets would become the student’s car park, and they did.
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“It [the traffic order] has been implemented due to the parish council’s request to try and curb parking problems in the area.
“I think it’s going to go a long way to preventing people double parking both sides of the road and on the bends, corners and junctions.”
For the first 12 months, the public will be able to make recommendations for alterations to the restrictions and for the last six months it must stay in place with no changes. After that, the council will decide whether to permanently implement the traffic order.
However, not all of the residents are happy with this proposal.
Richard Grimsey, of Goldcrest Road, who has been at the forefront of the debate since 2010, said the order would inhibit the residents from having visitors or workers over to their homes and would simply move the problem along to the next streets.
At the end of November last year, Mr Grimsey and a number of other protesters from Sprites and Pinewood handed in a petition signed by 400 people to then council leader Mark Bee rejecting the options given on the survey in favour of ‘access only’. This would mean only the tenants and people with a reason to visit would be allowed to park in the streets.
Mr Grimsey said: “There’s no good putting lines on one side of the road because they will all just park on the other side.
“I’m pleased in a way that we have been given some protection but I don’t think it will fix the problem at all.”
A spokesman for One said staff would continue to encourage their students to use public transport and the park and ride facility at the nearby Tesco and would keep working with the community to ensure parking issues were addressed.
A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “Following consultation with residents and a public exhibition we have decided to install these waiting restrictions using an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order.
“This allows us to monitor the restrictions and to make changes should problems or improvements be identified.”