Residents living near to West Suffolk Hospital are to be consulted on proposals that would, if implemented, restrict parking on nearby streets during weekdays.
The one month consultation, ending on September 27, will ask residents whether or not they support the introduction of a parking ban between midday and 2pm Monday to Friday.
This would discourage people who work and visit the hospital from leaving vehicles there all day - but still allow limited parking for visitors and outpatients.
Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, said:
“There has been growing concern about the level of on street parking in the residential areas around West Suffolk Hospital.
County Councillor Sarah Stamp and Borough Councillor Patrick Chung have worked with the hospital to try and address some of these concerns, but issues remain.
“We don’t expect these proposals to eliminate all on street parking associated with the hospital.
“But we do believe they will significantly reduce it, whilst allowing reasonable access for residents, their visitors those people going into the hospital for short periods.
“At this stage these are just proposals, and we’d very much like to hear from as many people as possible before we make any final decisions.”
In addition to the consultation questionnaire, which will be delivered to homes around the hospital early next week, a drop in session at Southgate Community Centre will be held on Wednesday 18 September, between 1pm and 7pm.
The consultation has been made necessary because of long-standing issues of non-residents using the streets around West Suffolk hospital to park during the day.
mmunityLocal residents challenged the county council to find a solution to the problem - which is now being put out for public comment.
If agreed, the restrictions would apply to all vehicles - including those owned by residents, their visitors and tradespeople.