Change in Parking Regulations As Local Authority Takes Control

Parking rules are changing. Previously the police were in charge of fines for parking on yellow lines and obstruction on the roads – but this has new all been handed over to local authorities, and East Suffolk will be the authority in charge for our area. There are new rules such as a restriction on parking on verges, penalties for repairing cars at the side of the road, for advertising cars for sale at the side of the road and parking caravans anywhere!! And many car parks that were previously free will now have charges slapped on them. The new rules will come in on 6th April.

Below are the car parks in Felixstowe that will now have charges. Parking charges on all car parks will be: up to 2hrs £1.50, up to 4 hrs £3, all day £4

Those marked with # = First 30 min free of charge

Arwela Road Car Park

Beach Station Car Park

Brackenbury Fort Car Park#

Clifflands Car Park#

Convalescent Hill Car Park#

Crescent Road Car Park

Felixstowe Pier Car Park#

Garrison Lane Car Park

Golf Road Car Park

Highfield Road Car Park

Landguard Car Park#

Manor Terrace Car Park#

Martello Park North Car Park

Martello Park South Car Park

Ranelagh Road Car Park

Spa Pavilion Car Park

The Grove Car Park No charge but designated for cars and motorcycles only.

The Promenade Car Park

Undercliff Car Park

Searson’s Farm Car Park No charge but designated for cars and motorcycles

The details in full for all parking charges, restrictions and nuisance parking are here

East Suffolk Council state:

“Parking demand management is only one consideration for place making and town centre management and the cost and availability of parking are only two component parts in the delivery of an efficient and effective parking service. A thorough review of our parking services has been completed and alongside projects our Economic Development service is undertaking, a modern approach to delivering parking services has been developed which considers the requirements and travel patterns of visitors, residents and businesses. The proposals include:


  • a simpler tariff structure, reflecting evidence that people want longer trips for shopping and socialising. This simplified structure removes the disparity and confusion caused by more than fifty price levels in the current pricing structure.
  • better use of technology, including a parking app that allows drivers to check parking place options and availability before leaving home; select a parking place and be navigated to it via Google Maps or Apple Maps; pay for parking on arrival and extend parking sessions without returning to vehicles.
  • the introduction of a free, half hour for parking in many off-street parking places where free on-street parking opportunities are limited. This option accommodates short trips such as ‘popping in’ to town centres, walking a dog or going for a jog, without a disproportionate charge.
  • reducing the number of coins per tariff level because multiple coin payments require drivers to carry more coins of different denominations, placing added pressure on them to pay more, should they not have enough coin types, plus the fact that multi-coin tariffs fill up a pay-and-display machine cash box quicker, which often results in a machine going out of service, leaving drivers with ‘payment anxiety’ and the fear of receiving a parking fine for non-payment of their parking session.”


Apparently ESC are welcoming your comments on the proposals and the link below will take you to the relevant page on the ESC website which provides further information and details on how you can go about taking part in the public consultation.  The consultation is open until 9.00am on Monday 23 March 2020 and can be found here.

You must provide your name and address with your response and complete the survey by 9.00am on Wednesday 25 March 2020.


One thought on “Change in Parking Regulations As Local Authority Takes Control

  1. Not a good idea, what they should do is make the town centre car parks free from 10.00am until 15.00 hrs on saturdays and sundays to encourage people into the town.
    There should be a complete ban on camper vans parking along the seafront at the Cobbold Point area, most come and do not spend any money in the town or shops or cafes etc. Think this is the norm in Southwold, Aldburgh etc.


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