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Framlingham: Parking problem on Fore Street is a ‘death trap’

07:00 19 April 2014

Framlingham district councillor Christopher Hudson

Framlingham district councillor Christopher Hudson

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Obstructive parking in an east Suffolk town has been labelled a “death trap” after wheelchair users and mothers with pushchairs were forced into the road to pass cars mounted on footpaths.

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Framlingham district councillor Christopher Hudson said he was shocked by the scale of inconsiderate parking along Fore Street and Double Street in the town and has called for action to tackle the problem.

“It’s a potential death trap,” he said. “There are cars parked all along the roads, right up to the junctions and onto footpaths so there’s no room for buggies or wheelchairs to pass. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

Police officers have issued tickets to a number of obstructively parked motorists over recent days and say they will continue to crackdown on the culprits.

“We’ve seen more people parking inconsiderately and if it’s causing an obstruction we will issue a fixed penalty notice,” a spokesman said.

Mr Hudson has written to Suffolk County Council highways boss Derek Oldham calling for double yellow lines to be extended northwards along Fore Street by “about 50 yards” to help alleviate the problem.

He said workers parking on the street had caused a “dangerous obstruction” with cars overtaking on a “very dangerous blind bend” and requested a site inspection from Mr Oldham.

A spokesman for the county council, responded “We’re looking into this request, and will consider whether yellow lines are appropriate at this location after discussions are had with local councillors.”

Mr Hudson has blamed the problem on Suffolk Coastal Council District Council’s introduction of charges on its car parks in the town, which he believes has increased pressure on the free roadside spaces.

Homeowners along the road have called for residents’ parking permits to replace the current free-for-all which they said had left them unable to park near their properties.

Stephen Burroghes, Framlingham’s county councillor is believed to have called for a “parking summit” to be held in the town, enabling the public to raise their grievances with the relevant authorities.

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  • Framlingham is one of the best places in Suffolk to live. Iv lived here since I was born in 1965.. My parents and Grandmother live in Double Street, and i worry constantly if an emergency vehicle would be able to get to them if needed. Most residents in Fore Street and Double Street have nowhere but the road to park. With these spaces being taken up by shoppers, workers and visitors etc where are residents supposed to park, I know people who live in Castle Street, but park in Double street , as they can not park near their homes either. Fore street is one of the main roads through Framlingham, bringing traffic to and from Saxmundham and Badingham areas Like Mr Hudson says, something needs to be done now. As later could just be too late.

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