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Idea for 80-space long-stay car park mooted to tackle traffic problems

PUBLISHED: 19:30 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:41 14 January 2019

Plans are being considered to improve parking in Wickham Market Picture: GREGG BROWN

Plans are being considered to improve parking in Wickham Market Picture: GREGG BROWN

A new long-stay car park with 80 spaces is being considered as part of plans to tackle a popular Suffolk town’s parking woes.

Traffic flow in Wickham Market is also being monitored Picture: GREGG BROWNTraffic flow in Wickham Market is also being monitored Picture: GREGG BROWN

Wickham Market Parish Council and the traffic and parking working group are looking at a number of options to try and deal with traffic problems in the village.

A lack of pavements in certain areas, narrow roads and not enough parking spaces are all set to be tackled in new plans being considered for the village.

“Most of the properties don’t have any parking,” said David Howland, from Wickham Market Parish Council.

“They are restricted to parking on the road. Some of the properties are very close to the very narrow roads and cannot park next to their house.”

One of the plans is to look at building a new long-stay car park with 80 spaces.

Three locations for the car park are being discussed, including one on Mill Road in the village - which Mr Howland believes could be the best option if access issues are overcome.

The work builds on a report from 2014, which examined traffic and pedestrian safety in Wickham Market. It identified a number of areas that needed work including faded yellow lines and traffic choke points in the village.

At the time Mr Howland said the report was not followed up because of funding issues.

Now however, he says there are hopes money for improvements will come from CIL money and possibly also from the district council.

“We are trying to look at all the problems in the village regarding traffic flow as well as the parking issues,” said Mr Howland. “There are junctions in the village that are problematic.”

Mr Howland said the plans hope to make the most of existing infrastructure but with new roundabouts and one-way systems being considered.

A presentation will be held in the summer, where residents and visitors will be able to look over the plans and give their feedback. A definitive plan could then be in place and completed towards the end of the year.

“We are trying to make it safe for pedestrians and road users,” said Mr Howland. “In doing so we are possibly going to make it more difficult for some people but we believe that the majority of people will be better served.”

Anyone with traffic suggestions can email the working group.

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