Anger over parking at Beccles Lido as visitor damages neighbouring property

The damaged fence near Beccles Lido. Picture: Shaun Crowley.

The damaged fence near Beccles Lido. Picture: Shaun Crowley. - Credit: Archant

The directors of Beccles' outdoor swimming pool are urging visitors to park considerately after damage was caused to a neighbouring property.

Beccles Lido. Picture: Nick Butcher.

Beccles Lido. Picture: Nick Butcher. - Credit: Nick Butcher

The call comes after a lido visitor reversed into a fence at a property which backs onto lido lane, destroying two posts and knocking the fence panel to the ground.

The lido team said despite the obvious damage to both the fence and the car, the incident was not reported by the driver.

The directors and staff said they have worked hard for years to encourage visitors to park safely and sensibly, with a limited number of spaces outside the lido, off Puddingmoor. However despite there being lots of places to park in the town centre, just a short walk away, some visitors still cause problems.

Shaun Crowley, lido director, said: 'Our staff, volunteers and the lido directors work tirelessly managing this wonderful community asset. We have also tried so hard to encourage our visitors to only use their cars if absolutely necessary, and to avoid our car park and Puddingmoor on busy days. So it is hugely demoralising to have to deal with this sort of behaviour.'

The damaged fence post near Beccles Lido. Picture: Shaun Crowley.

The damaged fence post near Beccles Lido. Picture: Shaun Crowley. - Credit: Archant

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The incident, which happened on July 7, follows other recent reports of dangerous, inconsiderate and illegal parking on Puddingmoor, as well as threatening behaviour towards a lido volunteer.

Mr Crowley said they are working with the local councils to determine if there is anything else that can be done.

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'We are preparing a detailed travel plan, but if nothing changes then we will have to restrict access to the lido car park,' he said.

In the meantime, the lido team are encouraging visitors to avoid lido lane if it is clearly full up, not use the bottom of the lane for turning, and drop swimmers off at the top of the lane or on Ballygate.

The lido also has bike racks for use by visitors, and anyone that uses public transport will get 50p discounted entry on presentation of their ticket.

•Do you think inconsiderate parking is a problem in Beccles? Email or write to Beccles and Bungay Journal, 20 Blyburgate, Beccles,

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