Councils unite to tackle Bawdsey’s parking problems


County, District and Parish councils are working together to tackle the growing number of visitors and parking issues at the riverside haven in Bawdsey Quay.

Bawdsey Quay

Although there is a free car park as you enter the Quay area, many drivers prefer to park on the Ferry Road verge for a river-side view and easy access to the sandy foreshore with campervan owners in large numbers regularly parking up and some staying overnight. This causes considerable verge erosion, congestion along the roads with safety implications and restricts the views for other drivers.

Andrew Block, Chairman of Bawdsey Parish Council said:

“Whilst we welcome visitors to this lovely part of the coast, we have seen the congestion this causes as drivers jostle for spaces putting pedestrians and children at risk. There is also the worrying damage being caused to the grass verge in front of the river wall. We are keen to help visitors park safely and welcome the joined up approach by the three councils to protect this area.”

Car parking spaces on the Quay will soon be marked out with parking bays and a one-way route to better inform drivers of where to park. From Easter there will be temporary restrictions on parking along sections of the verge, which may be in place until the end of the summer when a permanent scheme is consulted on locally.

East Suffolk Councillor for the Environment, James Mallinder said:

“I’m pleased that East Suffolk Council are able to fund most of these works, along with a contribution from my Enabling Communities Budget. I’d also remind visitors that the District Council’s car park is close to the river side and offers all-day, free parking. I absolutely encourage all residents and visitors to enjoy our wonderful outdoor spaces, but we ask for consideration for others and that everyone use the available car parks.”

Suffolk County Councillor Andrew Reid whose Division includes Bawdsey said:

“The County Council has worked hard to come up with the proposals that will make Bawdsey Quay a safer place to visit. I’m also pleased to use my remaining highway funds to help move this scheme along. This is a good example where staff and councillors from three councils have worked together over the last few years and will soon be seeing the rewards for their efforts.”