Car parking initiative in West Suffolk ends on Wednesday

A temporary scheme that allowed residential permit holders to park in nearby car parks at no extra charge for the period of the national restrictions, ends this Wednesday.

West Suffolk will move out of national restrictions and into Tier 2. That means more shops and market stalls will be allowed to open, and in the run up to Christmas, it is anticipated that there will be more demand for spaces in West Suffolk Council run car parks.

The council announced in early November that residential permit holders in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill could park at no extra charge in its car parks but only for the period of the national restrictions.

In Newmarket, a heavily discounted month-long season ticket was introduced during the period of the national restrictions.

Peter Stevens, Cabinet Member for Operations at West Suffolk Council, said: “We supply and carefully manage car parking in our town centres to support the local economy, providing spaces for town centre workers, shoppers and visitors. A major part of our tariff strategy is about the need to ensure the turnover of spaces so that people can find a place to park when visiting town centre.

“The income from this, in turn, helps pay the £1 million Business Rates and other associated costs of supplying and managing car parking, as well as helping fund town centre services to keep our town centres safe and clean places for people to visit.

“We recognise that residential permit zones in Bury St Edmunds are heavily oversubscribed and we have said there will be a review of the residential permits zone arrangements in Bury St Edmunds, to be started before April.

“In Newmarket, West Suffolk Council and Newmarket Town Council are resolved to bringing forward a resident parking scheme for consultation in the near future. In the meantime, season tickets are available for our car parks should residents prefer to choose to park there.”

Details of season tickets can be found at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/parking/carparkseasontickets.cfm

NHS workers displaying the NHS issued permit can continue to use the car parks for no charge. The scheme is administered by the NHS.

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