Row over football parking

TALKS are to take place after a row broke out over young footballer's families clogging up a village street with their cars.

TALKS are to take place after a row broke out over young footballer's families clogging up a village street with their cars.

Elderly residents of Stennetts Close, Trimley St Mary say they are fed up with vehicles parking on verges and paths and blocking the street, leaving nowhere for their visitors to park.

Now Trimley St Mary parish councillors are to talk to officials from the Trimley Red Devils Football Club, which uses the adjoining Stennetts Playing Field, to try to find a solution.

But if no deal can be done, then police will be asked to ticket cars - mainly those of visiting players' parents and friends - for any illegal parking.

Karen Robinson, Flagship housing group's area manager fore the villages on the Felixstowe peninsula, said: “My main concern is the tenants and residents in that area.

“If an ambulance was needed it would have difficulty getting in and parking, electric disability buggies cannot use the pavements because of parked cars and have to go on the road, and relatives and other visitors cannot park nearby.

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“That's not really fair on the people who live there.”

The problems only occur on Saturdays and Sundays when the field is used for football.

Stennetts field committee member, David Southgate said it was a difficult problem to solve with limited parking on the field.

He said: “We cannot extend the parking on the field because that is a green space and a total no go and we would not be allowed to do it.”

Councillor Graham Harding said: “We need to find a satisfactory way to resolve this problem or the police will issue tickets - we need to sort this matter if we can.”

The matter will be discussed with the field management committee later this month.

Should part of Stennetts Field be used for a bigger car park? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk