On-street parking problems continue to be an issue of concern for many Stratford St Mary residents, particularly those in Lower Street from where access to the River Stour for recreational purposes, can be most readily obtained.
The experience of the post-lockdown influx of recreatonal river users has brought this to wider attention and written and oral complaints have been received by Parish Councillors from irate residents demanding to know 'what is being done about it' or offering suggestions for action that might be taken.
The July Parish Council meeting (held virtually via zoom) at which this issue was a subject for discussion, was attended by over 30 members of the public. Unfortunately, time did not permit everyone to give their views but many good points were made and with these and a considerable number of written submissons to consider, the council has much to think about.
It has been suggested that, in parallel with seeking ways to address the currently intrusive parking issues, the council should consider whether reduced speed limits would make the situation in the village safer. This possibility is also being investigated. In this connection, the Sufolk County Council policy in relation to reduced speed limits can be read here.
Council members held an open air meeting on 27th July, visiting Lower Street, The Weir and the River Garden, to assist them in preparing proposals for actions to alleviate the current parking and traffic flow problems. These will be made public for consideration during August, with the intention that decisions as to the preferred way forward will be made at the September meeting.
In the meantime, anyone wishing to report incidence of dangerous or anti-social parking should do so using the recently introduced Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) reporting tool.
Residents who still wish to comment to the Parish Council on the issues involved or offer suggestion for solutions to the problem, can continue to do so using the following Link.