Frustration grows in Wickham Market over delays to Suffolk Coastal District Council’s car parking review

Wickham Market councillor Bryan Hall is growing frustrated over the delays to a strategic parking re

Wickham Market councillor Bryan Hall is growing frustrated over the delays to a strategic parking review - Credit: Archant

Frustration is growing in an east Suffolk village about a stalled car parking review, which civic leaders claim is hampering business.

Wickham Market’s district councillor Bryan Hall and representatives of the Town Team have expressed concerns that the six month review launched by Suffolk Coastal District Council last summer may not be completed until spring 2015.

The review was supposed to create a fair charging policy that supported the economy without excessively draining council reserves.

Wickham Market, along with other parishes, responded to the review, calling for fee structures they felt would help their businesses,

Wickham Market Town Team created a survey to gauge the public’s view on parking fees and submitted a response based on the 700 replies received, requesting an hour’s free parking at all of the car parks and a better use of the long-term car park.

The recommendations were hoped to encourage visitors to park in the village centre and support its independent businesses, rather than just visiting the supermarket where parking is free.

Mr Hall said: “We submitted this in July and we were told it would be listened to as part of the big car park review, but that’s been going on now for some months and the last time I queried it at the cabinet meeting it was not even on the agenda.

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“At this rate there’s going to be no decision this side of Christmas which means we cannot go back to any of the businesses we’ve been talking to and give them a clear indication of what is going to happen about car parking,

“We felt frustrated that having been told we would be listened to, our proposal, at the moment, seems to have been put in the buffer zone,”

Andrew Nunn, who is responsible for parking at SCDC, previously said,the review “will consider how to best meet the needs of the community, that includes businesses, residents and visitors to the area.”