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Objections at new parking arrangement

PUBLISHED: 12:26 01 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:49 06 July 2010

ST Andrew's Church and ruins at Covehithe has always attracted large numbers of visitors, and the roads have been used by walkers and fishermen for decades.

ST Andrew's Church and ruins at Covehithe has always attracted large numbers of visitors, and the roads have been used by walkers and fishermen for decades.

The landowners, Benacre Estates Co, have been in discussion with Suffolk County Council, and propose to introduce new parking arrangements have been put forward.

It is also proposed to erect a gate across the road - at the landowners' expense - that should prevent access to the public, who at present enjoy walking along the coastal path.

Whilst I understand the problems that can arise from visitors arriving by car I cannot endorse the need for extensive double yellow lines and some 15 informative and prohibitive sign faces over a very short distance, and I have submitted my objections to the county council.

Residents must have been aware that the church attracted visitors and were clearly prepared to live with the situation when taking up residency.

I understand it is incumbent on those who live in the village to have parish meetings each year. For some reason such meetings have not taken place since 2003. These proposals for parking and other matters are good reasons why parish meetings must take place on a regular basis.

JAMES WADDINGTON

Covehithe

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