Could two new sites ease pressure on Downham Market car parks

Hollies Car Park at Downham Market GV's ANL-151028-195018009
Hollies Car Park at Downham Market GV's ANL-151028-195018009
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Downham’s car parking problems could be eased by the addition two new sites, says a trader.

Simon Prior would like to see all encompassing strategy for the whole town bringing in councils and local land owners.

He says two sites, one at the Howdale and another close to the town’s Railway Station, could help ease congestion.

Calls have been made by traders to address the problems with the town’s car parks being blocked by workers and commuters rather than shoppers.

This has become a major issue within the town as many of the car parks full or at 95 per cent capacity.

Downham Town Council has been running a consultation on a proposal to introduce charges with an element of free parking.

Mr Prior, who runs Framing Art, said: “I was disappointed that there was not a proper strategy for parking in Downham.”

He feels there is potential to use an informal car park at the Howdale, which has been cleared by West Norfolk Council and used by sixth form students at the Academy, along with a site new the railway station.

Mr Prior said: “This could free up more spaces in town and it is easily walkable. They need to get all of the interested parties into a room.”

Deputy clerk Richard Davidson said the Howdale has village green status.

He said: “The strategy is trying to make the town fit for purpose for the next 15 years.

“We are keen to involve as many people as possible in the talks but we can’t tell someone what to do with their land.”