Southwold PCSO to tackle parking woes

Southwold mayor Melanie Tucker with the Town's new PCSO Jamie Newson. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Southwold mayor Melanie Tucker with the Town's new PCSO Jamie Newson. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A coastal town's new police community support officer (PCSO) has pledged to tackle its long-running parking problems.

After being without its own a dedicated police officer for nearly six months, Southwold has welcomed the arrival of Jamie Newson as its new PCSO.

The 42-year-old's services have been secured as part of a match-funding arrangement, where Southwold Town Council contributes £13,000 to his role over the next year - with Suffolk Police making up the other half.

Mr Newson explained: 'The monitoring of parking has been one of my main considerations, as there is a large volume of traffic in the high street and obviously the town council is keen to keep that flowing.

'Most people tend to obey the restrictions but having a police presence will deter people overstaying in these parking spaces.'

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PCSO Newson added he would achieve these objectives through patrols and issuing of parking tickets.

Reports from these patrols will be presented to the council on a monthly basis to monitor progress.

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The town council has also outlined plans to strengthen parking restrictions as part of the new Southwold town strategy, which it hopes will ease congestion and help shops to maintain a steady footfall.

Southwold and Reydon have been without a dedicated police presence following the departure of PCSO Neil Haden last year.

During this period the two parishes were served by Halesworth Police Station, resulting in a delay in the time it has taken for police to respond to calls.

Southwold town mayor Melanie Tucker said: 'It has been difficult while we have been without a PSCO.

'However it has been made easier by the fact it was not peak period for the town.

'It would be fair to say some people have felt a vulnerable during this period but we are pleased this will now no longer be the case.'

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