A disabled driver says he is 'sick and tired of illegal parking' in Haverhill High Street as new legislation to tackle the issue continues to be delayed
The continuing blight of illegal parking in Haverhill’s main shopping drag has left one disabled motorist to declare that he is ‘sick and tired’ of not being able to park.
But the parking problems faced by blue badge holder James Brazier, and many others like him, look set to continue indefinitely due to delays in getting new legislation passed through Parliament that would see parking enforcement responsibility transfer from Suffolk Police to district and borough councils.
In letter to the Echo, Mr Brazier, of Eastern Avenue in Haverhill, said people are ignoring the sign in the High Street that says access is restricted to blue badge holders and deliveries between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
He added: “I am sick and tired of trying to park and fed up with paying 40 pence when I shouldn’t have to.
“I have a blue badge.
“Everyone drives through the street and parks there all day (free) especially people who work in town.
“This is not fair to the amount of disabled people in the town with blue badges.”
The full letter from Mr Brazier can be read in this weeks Echo.
Tim Passmore, the Suffolk police and crime commissioner, explained that although he has told the chief constable that “people should not be allowed to park with impunity” and that more checks need to be made by officers, fewer PCSOs and the prioritising of other policing areas by a now smaller number of officers in the county makes it difficult to give time to parking enforcement.
Illegal parking could be controlled more if the civil parking enforcement (CPE) order for Suffolk was passed through Parliament, said Mr Passmore.
Once in place, parking officers employed by St Edmundsbury Council would enforce parking restrictions and any fines paid would be kept by the local authority.
Mr Passmore said Parliament is unable to table time for the new legislation because the Department for Transport is giving priority to its Brexit related priorities.
He added: “We have done everything we can to get the scheme to go through. We are just waiting for the Government.
“It will now be nearly two years since we agreed to put the funding together and set up a self-funding scheme.
“I put aside £190,000 to set up the scheme to just get it going and St Edmundsbury has contributed £10,000 as well. All the borough and districts are contributing £10,000, apart from Ipswich Borough Council who already do it (CPE).
“I do get the point (about parking problems) in Haverhill because I’ve seen if first hand when I was down there. It’s a real nuisance.”