Council backs plans for tougher parking rules in King’s Lynn

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Proposals for tighter parking restrictions in two areas of Lynn have been given the go-ahead by council chiefs.

Residents’ permits are now set to be introduced on parts of the Springwood housing in Gaywood, close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, following consultations with local residents.

And pay and display restrictions, which officials say will help nearby businesses, are also set to come into force on the South Quay.

Plans to reform parking restrictions in the areas, drawn up by Norfolk County Council and West Norfolk Council officials, went out to public consultation in the spring.

And, although around two-thirds of Springwood residents who responded said they were opposed to the idea of residents; parking permits, a permitting system is now set to be introduced on Elvington, Barton Court, Newby Road, Horton Road and Sauston Road.

A Norfolk County Council spokesman said: “We have looked at the responses from those most affected in coming up with the proposal, so those living closest to the hospital. Those living in that area were the most supportive of introducing permits.”

Tougher restrictions will also be imposed on parking at key sites where visibility is known to be a concern.

Meanwhile, on the South Quay, visiting drivers will be able to park free for an hour, with a pay and display system operating thereafter.

A residents’ permit programme, in which householders would pay £40 to be able to use the area, is also planned, with some pay and display spaces being operated in a dual-use format, which would be free for residents.

The council says the scheme is supported by local businesses, with much of the opposition identified in the consultation coming from areas which are not directly affected by the changes.

Their spokesman said: “It is very much a tourism and heritage area, where waterfront businesses are dependent on a regular turnover of visitors.

“Historically the area has been used for free all day parking, which doesn’t support those businesses and causes congestion as motorists frequently circulate the area on the look out for free parking.”

The authority expects the changes to be in force by the end of this year, though further consultations will be carried out before then with residents directly affected.