ESC Off Street Parking Places Order

March 6, 2020

The East Suffolk Council (ESC) Off Street Parking Places Order is now on the
council website. Anyone may support, comment or object to the proposals via
www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/parking by 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday 25 March 2020. Your
response must include your name and address and note that all responses may be
considered in public by the Council and that the substance of any response together
with the name and address of the person making it could become available for public
inspection.


It is appreciated that many people contacted ESC to complain about the proposed
changes to car parking charges in Wickham Market. We have been informed that
none of these letters or emails will be considered. The only comments that ESC will
take into account regarding this order are those submitted on the website.


It is vital that as many responses as possible are sent to ESC to express our concern
about this Order. If a significant number of responses are submitted we may be able
to change these proposals. Wickham Market only managed to get SCDC to accept
the current car park charging regime in 2015 after significant work by the Traffic and
Parking Working Group. The monthly season ticket price of £10 is a special
arrangement which only applies to Wickham Market. If you wish it to remain you
must state that you wish this “special arrangement” to remain.


These proposals differ in some respects from those originally suggested. The main
difference is that ticket machines will remain and the move to machines where you
have to enter your car registration number is not mentioned.
There is currently a different pricing policy for each car park in Wickham Market
which tries to encourage people to use the car parks effectively. The 4 car parks’
functions are:


a. Chapel Lane Car Park. This car park is primarily for the users of the
medical centre, the library, the resource centre and Richard Kitson Court.
The old tariffs were designed with this in mind. The free hour gave most
patients the opportunity to attend appointments in the medical centre
without paying a car parking fee, but the new tariffs will ensure that most
people will have to pay when they go to a medical appointment. Parking
for longer than 2 hours was not allowed so that there were always spaces
available for patients visiting the medical centre. This is also the main car
park for the congregation of the church.
b. The Hill Short Stay Car Park. This car park is the ideal location to pop
into the village and go to the butchers, the paper shop or the pharmacy
and none of these venues require one to stay a long time. The half hour
free and a maximum of 2 hours means that there is a constant supply of
new car parking spaces becoming available in the Hill car park. Thus
increasing the footfall in the village centre. This is also used as a car park
for the congregation of the church.

 

c. The Hill Long Stay Car Park. When car park charges were initially
introduced in Wickham Market the Hill Long Stay car park was always
empty. With the introduction of low-cost monthly season tickets in 2015,
cars that were parked long term in the Chapel Lane and Village Hall car
parks moved to the Hill Long stay car park thus freeing up spaces where a
greater turnover was needed. These monthly season tickets have been
available for purchase from the parish clerk and can be bought by anyone,
although demand outstrips supply. Prior to this reduced price no monthly
tickets were sold and if the price rises from £10 a month to £65 a month
this will be the case again. These low-cost monthly season tickets are
extremely popular and only 50 are available due to the size of the car park.
It would be quite possible to sell 70 tickets a month if the space was
available.
d. Village Hall Car Park. When the current parking charge system was
introduced in 2015 the Village Hall car park was brought under the
jurisdiction of Suffolk Coastal District Council even though the land is
owned by the Parish Council. This was because when SCDC first starting
charging for parking in Wickham Market those people wishing to avoid
paying left their cars in the Village Hall car park, thus preventing legitimate
users of these facilities to park there. The system currently used is that a
warning notice is placed on the window of an illegally parked car by the
Parish Council explaining that their number had been noted and if they are
parked in the car park illegally again then they would receive an excess
charge notice. This trust arrangement has recently been abused and on 3
Mar 20 six warning notices were given to persistent offenders.

 

The main concerns for Wickham Market are:
a. ESC is proposing that “The Hill Short Stay” car park is renamed “The
Village” car park and “The Hill Long Stay” car park is renamed “The Hill”
car park.
b. The cost of a monthly season ticket increases from £10 to £65.
c. The length of maximum stay in the Hill short stay car park and the Chapel
Lane car park increases from 2 to 4 hours
d. In the Chapel Lane car park the six spaces for the doctors and the space
each for the Library and Resource Centre are not mentioned and could
disappear.
e. The hour free parking in the Hill Long stay car park and the Chapel Lane
car park has been reduced to 30 minutes.
f. Sunday car parking charges have been introduced.
g. In the Chapel Lane car park, the residents’ parking permits for Richard
Kitson Court blue badge holders are not mentioned.
h. The cost of parking in the Hill long stay car park has increased to £1.00 up
to 2 hours, £2.00 up to 4 hours, £4.00 for more than 4 hours.
i. The Village Hall car park is not mentioned.

 

The best way to submit your comments is via the ESC website. The Parish Council
is finding out how those people who do not have access to the internet can submit
responses. The options you will be given are:


a. I support the proposals and think the order should be made as proposed.
b. I support the proposals in principle but would like to see something
changed e.g. a reduction in the numbe