Downham Market Town Team looking for business views on car parking

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Businesses in Downham are being asked for their views on how the new pay and display car park is affecting the town.

Downham’s Town Team wants to hear from the traders and firms about any knock-on effects since parking charges were introduced to the Wales Court Shopping Centre, near Iceland, in April.

One reported impact on the town has been the increased use and lack of turnover in some car parks such as The Hollies.

But some firms around the Wales Court car park have reported an increase in trade as shoppers are more likely to get a parking space now that the charges have been introduced.

Now the town team want to hear from people in the town.

One of those behind the town team, Simon Prior, said: “The town team is looking for views particularly from businesses’ prospective about what we are able to do.

“One of the biggest issues which has been raised is because people who were using Iceland are now using The Hollies.

“That one is supposed to have a three-hour restriction but people are parking there all day.”

Napier Parking announced it was introducing charges ranging from 60p to £5.40 to the site in April.

The town team was formed earlier this year to give a voice to the firms in the town centre as well as the surrounding industrial estates and villages.

The organisation aims to give businesses the chance to highlight issues in the town as well as working together to resolve these.

So far more than 30 firms have joined the organisation, which is free.

The next meeting, on Wednesday, June 25, will be hosted by Timbers Hotel in Fincham, when future development plans for the former DownhamRAF site will be discussed by members.