Permits ‘could end parking woes’ for residents in Framlingham

Councillor Christopher Hudson with residents in Fore Street, Framlingham.

Councillor Christopher Hudson with residents in Fore Street, Framlingham. - Credit: Su Anderson

A community leader is calling for residents’ parking permits to be considered to solve problems in a street where he says the situation is “hell on wheels” for householders.

District councillor Christopher Hudson said it would take radical ideas to ease the danger and frustration on Fore Street, Framlingham, where the busy road suffers from being narrow and choked with parked vehicles.

Last year residents campaigned for charges to be removed from Fore Street car park.

Since charges were introduced people have chosen to park on-street instead, leaving residents nowhere to park their vehicles.

Campaigners petitioned the council and called for residents-only parking to be introduced, but to no avail.

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Mr Hudson said residents’ parking permits would not be popular with everyone but could be a useful solution.

He said: “The extra traffic and parking on this road makes life virtually impossible for people who live there – it truly is hell on wheels.

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“It is very, very dangerous and I know yellow lines are planned at the top but that will just move some of the problem there elsewhere.

“I am all for creating jobs but people working in the town are taking those parking spots and making it very difficult. It’s a public highway and people do not have a right to park outside their homes but people do see it as an amenity they feel entitled to enjoy rather than having to park miles away.

“It could be time to consider residents’ parking along this road. I know it will not be popular with everyone because permits cost – but it could provide a solution.”

Mr Hudson said there had been a possibility that a company which had created new business premises on the street would come to an arrangement for its staff to park at the sports club and walk to work to free up some parking, but unfortunately this had not materialised.

Carol Poulter, Suffolk Coastal cabinet member for the green environment with responsibity for parking, said residents’ parking permits were not ruled out.

She said: “I am certainly open to all suggestions. I know the parking situation in Framlingham well and I think residents’ parking permits could be a way forward and are well worth considering.”

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