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Watch out! Illegal parking enforcement arrives today

PUBLISHED: 10:14 01 December 2018

In the main stretch of Hamilton Road shared space parking is only permitted in the black bays and only for blue badge holders Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

In the main stretch of Hamilton Road shared space parking is only permitted in the black bays and only for blue badge holders Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Beware if you park outside Barclays Bank in Felixstowe or in the main area of shared space – you could be looking at a fixed penalty fine.

Signs outside Barclays Bank showing that despite the lack of lines, parking is not allowed in the southern stretch of Hamilton Road Picture: ARCHANTSigns outside Barclays Bank showing that despite the lack of lines, parking is not allowed in the southern stretch of Hamilton Road Picture: ARCHANT

Felixstowe’s new community-funded police community support officer begins work on Saturday, December 1 – with his main priority to tackle illegal parking in the town.

PCSO Ben Sagi will be tasked to provide a visible and reassuring presence on the streets, on hand to help people on a day-to-day basis, gathering local intelligence and addressing other issues such as illegal parking and anti-social behaviour.

He will be looking at illegal parking issues all over the town but focussing on the 20mph town centre zone and seafront.

In the town, the main area to beware of PCSO Sagi’s ticket book will be the side of Hamilton Road outside Barclays Bank – from the Orwell Road junction to the top of Bent Hill, where it is illegal to park for anyone.

The southern stretch of Hamilton Road between Barclays Bank and Bent Hill where parking is not allowed Picture: ARCHANTThe southern stretch of Hamilton Road between Barclays Bank and Bent Hill where parking is not allowed Picture: ARCHANT

Even though there are NO YELLOW LINES, there are clear signs showing restricted zone, no stopping or parking at any time and no loading.

Councillors are determined to stamp out parking on this side of the road.

Blue Badge holders should not park here either – they are not allowed to park where there are restrictions on loading or unloading, indicated by yellow kerb dashes and/or signs on plates.

Yesterday at noon there were EIGHT vehicles parked here that would have got fines, and in the main area of shared space between Boots and Bank Corner there were a further SIX.

These included Blue Badge holders parked outside the black parking areas designated for their use and other drivers parked in the road.

In this part of Hamilton Road (between Cobbold Road and Orwell Road) only Blue Badge holders are allowed to park but must do so in the black paved areas.

PCSO Sagi will work within the local policing team and remain directly accountable to the local sergeant, who will liaise with Felixstowe Town Council – which is paying £68,000 for the PCSO over the next two years – on a regular basis to identify local priorities to ensure ongoing community needs are being met.

Mr Sagi will also be regularly available to the public at Felixstowe Town Hall, Undercliff Road West, between 10am and 1pm on the first Wednesday of every month to talk about policing.

He will also provide Felixstowe Town Council with a regular report on how many parking tickets he has handed out.

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