12:00 Wednesday 04 December 2013

Post office move leads to calls for extra long stay parking spaces in Ely

Written byJORDAN DAY

The temporary post office building The temporary post office building

Calls are being made for extra long stay parking spaces to be provided in Ely now that the city’s post office has been re-located.

Sheila Clayton thinks the whole of Newnham Street car park should be made long stay while the post office is there.

In a letter to the council, Mrs Clayton, who lives in Mepal and works at David Clark and Company, in Ely’s Market Place, said: “I am concerned about the placement of the temporary post office in Newham Street car park and the effect it will have on parking spaces.

“I am one of the many who work in Ely and park in the long stay car park daily. We are very aware of the limited spaces in long stay and I am one of the handful of drivers who queue quite patiently every morning whilst many inconsiderate drivers jump the queue before 8.30am.

“With the arrival of the staff to the new post office I am very worried that this is going to cause a lot of tension over spaces.

“Many of the cars in there before 8.30am are swimming and could easily move to the short stay. Could we not just have that area totally long stay whilst the post office is there?”

But Julia Davis, from the council’s community services team, said any changes to the city’s parking order would “require a legal amendment”.

In a letter to Mrs Clayton, she said: “We have given much consideration to finding an appropriate location for the temporary unit in an attempt to assist the post office in maintaining a service to the local community.

“We have taken into consideration the loss of a number of Newnham Street short stay spaces, however we have measured this against the recent creation of additional long stay parking in the lower section of Forehill car park when the new parking order came into force on October 1.

“Unfortunately, we cannot temporarily designate the whole of Newnham Street car park as long stay parking as this would require a legal amendment to the parking order which would require a further lengthy consultation period.”

As previously reported, the portable building is being used until Post Office bosses hear the fate of their plans to re-locate inside the Premier Convenience store in Ely’s High Street.

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